Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear hosts Horses and Hope at Churchill Downs Sunday


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Horses and Hope is returning to Churchill Downs on Sunday, Nov. 21, for the Fall Meet. Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program will host a sell-out crowd of 800 breast cancer survivors and guests on Millionaires Row.

    Special guests this year include Nashville singer-songwriter Templeton Thompson who will perform her song, Girls and Horses, and jockey Otto Thorwarth who portrayed Ron Turcotte and rode 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat to victory in the recently released movie of the same name.

    Breast cancer survivors will join Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear in the Winner’s Circle for the Horses and Hope 6th Race as part of this special day of racing. The event features a luncheon buffet at 11:30 a.m.; remarks by special guests at 1 p.m.; entertainment in the Paddock at 2:30 p.m.; Secretariat poster signing on Millionaires Row; and concludes with the presentation of Horses and Hope signature gifts and prizes. Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson and Madeline, a colon cancer advocate, will be present to welcome out-of-town visitors to Louisville.

    Horses and Hope also will reach out to race fans on Sunday to deliver potentially life-saving messages regarding early detection through mammograms. A pink tent offering breast cancer information and special Horses and Hope gifts will be located in the Paddock throughout the day.

    Horses and Hope is a project of Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and the Kentucky Cancer Program to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening, and treatment referral among Kentucky’s horse industry workers and their families. Programs are also held to recognize breast cancer survivors and to educate equestrian enthusiasts. Horses and Hope was part of the Pink Out at Kentucky Oaks, and has been providing mobile mammography services via the University of Louisville James Graham Brown Cancer Center to workers on the front and back sides of the track this fall.

    The Kentucky Cancer Program is the state-mandated cancer control program funded by the Kentucky General Assembly and administered in Louisville by the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

    For more information about Horses and Hope and the upcoming event at Churchill Downs, call the Kentucky Cancer Program, (502) 852-6318.