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Women in the winner's circle Friday at Saratoga track

Female racing fans as well as women in the thoroughbred industry will be honored during Fabulous Fillies Day on Friday at Saratoga Race Course.

Special events also will raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

The first 25,000 fans to arrive will receive a pink breast cancer support bracelet.

“Women are a central part of the summer racing season at Saratoga Race Course,” said Joanne K. Adams, director of community relations for the New York Racing Association. “We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of several extraordinary women while raising awareness and funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.”

The day begins with breast cancer survivors and supporters gathering in the paddock for a Pink Parade at 11 a.m.

In the afternoon, representatives from Betfair TVG, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, and NYRA will present the breast cancer foundation with a $25,000 donation.

The day will also honor two of Saratoga’s leading ladies: Linda Rice and Suzie O’Cain. Rice won the 2009 training title at Saratoga Race Course, making her the first woman to win the title at a major race meet.

The day’s first race will be named in her honor, and Rice will be presented with a special commemorative plate afterward.

The Find a Cure Stable, founded by O’Cain, will be recognized for donating 10 percent of all winnings to BCRF. Its silks are aptly colored with a white shirt and pink sleeves and the breast cancer ribbon logo.

Find a Cure Stable will sell hats and T-shirts to benefit BCRF from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in front of the Jockey Silks Room.

Starting at noon, track-goers can bid on luxury items at a silent auction to benefit BCRF, including: Judith Ripka cushion stone earrings adorned with a honey citrine stone and diamonds, two reserved seats at Saratoga Race Course for the Travers Stakes and the opportunity to shadow ESPN commentator Jeannine Edwards and get a behind-the-scenes tour at Belmont Park the day before the 2011 Belmont Stakes.

The silent auction will be held in the luxury tent opposite the Jockey Silks Room until 4 p.m.
Women also are invited to the Women’s Expo in the backyard near the Big Red Spring from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The day also features appearances by Miss New York and Hollywood hat designer Patricia Underwood.

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