Legends race to help fund fight against breast cancer

April 01, 2010|By Sports Digest

Pimlico Race Course and Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer organization, announced that they will partner on Black-Eyed Susan Day on May 14 to raise money to aid awareness and research. Pimlico has pledged to raise a minimum of $100,000 for Komen for the Cure. Fifty percent of the money raised will go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach programs in Maryland, and half will be used for life-saving breast cancer research. In addition to the 86th running of the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the day will feature a pari-mutuel race showcasing legendary retired female riders and the second-annual $50,000 Pimlico Jockey Challenge, in which eight of the nation's top jockeys compete in four races with points awarded based upon their finish. The Legends race will include Patricia "P.J." Cooksey (Tajawa-1985) and Andrea Seefeldt (Looming-1994), as well as Barbara Jo Rubin, who made history as the first woman to win in a pari-mutuel race in the United States when she guided Cohesion to victory at Charles Town on Feb. 22, 1969, and Mary Russ, the first female rider to win a Grade I race when she captured the Widener Handicap at Hialeah on Feb. 27, 1982 aboard Lord Darnley. The four other riders are Gwen Jocson, Jennifer Rowland, Cheryl White and Mary Wiley.

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