Santa Anita Park and City of Hope have a partnership that will unite the track's racing fans and the entire California racing industry in the fight against cancer by presenting the first-ever "On-Track to Beat Cancer" event at Santa Anita on closing day, April 17th, 2011.
Following the last race, humans will replace horses on Santa Anita's storied main track--where legendary horses such as Zenyatta, Seabiscuit, John Henry and so many others have competed and created some of the greatest moments in racing history.
Among those leading the way for the horse racing industry are Bo Derek, Chantal Sutherland and Jill Baffert. Sutherland, a Canadian native who became the first woman jockey to ever win the prestigious Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, will also play a key role in promoting and participating in the "On-Track" event.
Baffert, a broadcaster and wife of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, is also anxious to promote the event.
Anyone making a minimum $10 donation to City of Hope on closing day will be eligible to walk on the track. Fans are encouraged to wear purple, bring signs and banners, create teams, take photos and dedicate the walk to cancer survivors or to the memory of loved ones who have succumbed to or who are battling cancer.
City of Hope will also be hosting ancillary events at Santa Anita on closing day. A Wellness Center will be erected in the infield, featuring blood pressure exams, healthy food demos, bone marrow transplant updates and cancer screenings. Doctors and nurses will be present to facilitate those who wish to participate.
Santa Anita's infield area will also offer fans live bands, family fun events, food trucks and VIP buffet tents.
For more information on how to participate in the
"On-Track to Beat Cancer" event, fans are encouraged to
or call (626) 574 7223.