Churchill Downs partners with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and also an organization called Horses & Hope which works to increase breast cancer awareness among racing fans and stable workers at Kentucky racetracks.
For every Oaks attendee, $1 is donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. And for every Oaks Lily beverage sold, $1 goes to Horses & Hope. Last year Churchill Downs contributed more than $100,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and $30,000 to Horses & Hope!
Before the featured race is run, there is a Survivor's Parade of over 130 breast cancer survivors. They parade right on the track! A beautiful garland of pink star gazer lilies is placed on the filly that wins - this year's winner was Blind Luck who won by a nose.
I didn't attend the races today, but I did wear pink for today's Pink Out!