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NYRA Raises More Than $100,000 During Fabulous Fillies Day to Benefit the BCRF

By Nailah Timberlake | 08/15/2013 04:38 PM ET

Saratoga Race Course was flooded by a sea of pink on Wednesday as The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) hosted its annual Fabulous Fillies Day, raising more than $100,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

The main event was the Sizzling Hot Pink Saratoga Hat Luncheon presented by Escada in the At the Rail Pavilion. Escada, which is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, hosted a boutique where guests were given the opportunity to shop from its 2013 Fall Collection, with 20 percent of the proceeds donated to the BCRF.

The event started with a cocktail reception, where guests walked down a pink carpet sipping Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial out of special edition Marylou Whitney pink rose champagne glasses. Silent auction items were donated by Tiffany & Co., Hermes, St. John and Escada. Live auction items included a private performance by classical violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and an ownership percentage in a 2-year-old filly named Skye Saratoga that was donated by West Point Thoroughbreds.

This year's luncheon honored philanthropist and thoroughbred owner Marylou Whitney, and was emceed by NewsChannel 13 anchor and health reporter Benita Zahn.

The afternoon's activities included a discussion on breast cancer led by Dr. Larry Norton, the Scientific Director of the BCRF and the Medical Director of the Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

During the event, NYRA and the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) donated a combined $10,000 to support BCRF.

"The New York Racing Association is committed to support breast cancer research through its partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation," said NYRA CEO & President Chris Kay. "We will continue to host events that impact our community in positive ways."

Fans who wore pink received free grandstand and clubhouse admission, and those who made on-track donations to support BCRF received a pink bracelet.

In keeping with the day's theme, pink NYRA flags flew overhead as grooms with pink vests led horses with pink saddle towels to the track for the day's fifth race, which was named in honor of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. As well, a pink rose blanket adorned the Sea Hero statue in the paddock and the day's program featured a pink cover.