Grace Stables and Stonestreet Stables announced Wednesday that they will make a financial contribution and have their jockeys wear pink this season to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and its funding of breast cancer education and research.
Symbolic of the stables’ commitment, their jockeys’ silks will sport the color pink throughout the season, starting with Kentucky Oaks Day, April 30 at Churchill Downs. The pink theme coincides with special Kentucky Oaks Day events that include a “Pink Out,” that encourages all Oaks attendees to wear pink for the day to show their support.
Stonestreet Stables, home to reigning Kentucky Oaks champion Rachel Alexandra, is owned by horseman/vintner Jess Jackson. Stonestreet’s jockeys’ pants which usually feature Jackson’s namesake wine brand, Kendall-Jackson in black letters along the leg, will now bear that name in pink letters.
Grace Stables, home to breakaway filly Hot Dixie Chick, and owned by Jackson’s wife Barbara Banke, will have its riders wear a pink ribbon on their helmets.
Additionally, Churchill Downs’ will be adorned in pink on Oaks Day, including pink-colored bunting, flower beds, flags and jockeys’ and pony riders’ apparel. Even the Churchill Downs bugler will sport a pink uniform as he calls horses to the post throughout the Oaks race card.
“Like so many families, our family has been affected by the scourge of this disease. As a breast cancer survivor I know the value of the global research and educational programs supported by Susan G. Komen,” Barbara Banke said. “It’s a great privilege to know that our contribution is going to support this important work.”
Banke recently joined Susan G. Komen for the Cure as a Global Ambassador to help raise breast cancer awareness and much-needed funds to build on the tremendous progress made toward a world without breast cancer. In her new volunteer role at the highest level of Ambassadorship, Banke will be able to work with fellow Ambassadors and Komen stakeholders to drive important initiatives and mobilize leaders and influencers within the breast cancer movement to further Komen’s mission to end breast cancer forever.
The Kentucky Oaks race and activities will again be showcased live by the Bravo Network in partnership with its parent company, NBC Universal.
Kentucky Oaks 136, the Kentucky Derby’s companion event for 3-year-old fillies, will once again feature a “Ladies First” theme and a day of events to raise money and awareness for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, which leads the global movement for breast cancer research, education, advocacy and community support.
“We learned last year just how much of an impact Oaks Day has for raising awareness and funds for breast cancer programs all around the world,” said Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.