SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – For the fifth straight year, the New York Racing Association held its annual Fabulous Fillies Day at the Saratoga Race Course.
Many people say Fabulous Fillies Day is special for many reason, but it may mean most to those who have been affected by breast cancer.
October may be Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but Friday at the Saratoga Race Course NYRA continued its commitment to promoting awareness of the disease.
The day is celebrated to honor all the great women within thoroughbred racing and the responsibility the association says it has to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
“I think there is just such a huge commitment to try and find a cure for this dreaded disease. And when you can have a day like this, in the middle of August, it just shows the commitment from all these great people in the city of Saratoga Springs,” said Lynn Larocca, Chief Experience Officer for NYRA.
The day featured the fifth annual sizzling hot pink Saratoga hat luncheon, a performance from the Saratoga Soundtrack Chorus, along with countless fans who proudly wore their pink.
“A lot of people are getting breast cancer, men and women, and there’s a lot of survivors. And I think it’s important we do the research and raise the money we need to do to keep it in people’s minds,” said Kim McClain, who drove up from Virginia to celebrate the day.
Sage Vanamerongen and her family come to the track every year for Fillies Day because they have numerous loved ones who are currently battling the disease.
“I feel as if a lot of people don’t know how difficult it is. And the more support, that we can gain, the more money we can raise the easier it is for those people in the struggle,” said Vanamerongen.
The Racing and Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations not only both cut a $5,000 check but all the donations raised throughout the track and at the luncheon will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.