Keeneland hosts Pink Day with Horses and Hope

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It was another beautiful day for horse racing at Keeneland and hundreds of men and women wore pink out at the tracks today to celebrate the 7th annual Horses and Hope Pink Day.

Kentucky's First Lady, Jane Beshear, welcomed breast cancer survivors and their supporters into Keeneland on Sunday.

"You'll see in the grandstands a sea of pink. People that are celebrating their greatest race of all whichever is the race against cancer, they're survivors. We're celebrating for them today and also enjoying a beautiful day at Keeneland. It's a perfect combination," Beshear says.

The day of celebration and support attracted dozens of survivors to the tracks.

Women like Melissa Woods and Rebecca Wheeler made it a day filled with family.

"It's exciting to be able to share this day with our daughters," Wheeler say. "We're sisters. We were diagnosed, dates were very close to each other, and we have our daughters that have joined us today to celebrate this occasion."

"It feels great for all the women that have undergone cancer treatment and chemotherapy and radiation and surgeries," Woods says. "It feels great to have somebody recognize all that they've been through."

The event is in its 7th year at Keeneland. And First Lady Beshear says it grows each time.

"We've created a whole other group of racing fans for our signature industry in the Commonwealth.," Beshear says. "We are just thrilled with that."

All survivors attending today received a Horses and Hope license plate holder.


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