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Zia Hosts Cancer Awareness Day on Saturday

Zia Park hosts "Race to Whip Cancer Day" on October 27.

Press Release
October 22, 2012

There are few times when everybody at a racetrack comes out a winner, but that will be the case on Saturday at Zia Park when the Hobbs, New Mexico, track hosts “Race To Whip Cancer Day” to benefit breast cancer awareness and research efforts.  This will be the fourth year that Zia Park has hosted the event that will feature all jockeys wearing pink silks during the races, prizes, giveaways and a silent auction.  Proceeds from “Race To Whip Cancer” Day will benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation of Central New Mexico.
 
“This is a cause close to my heart—literally,” said Zia Park trainer Jamie Zamora, the organizer of Saturday’s event and a breast cancer survivor.  “And whatever I can do to help someone else is all I’m trying to do.”
 
Other Zia Park racetrack employees, including the gate crew and outriders, will also be decked out in pink in much the same way that the National Football League and other sports leagues have embraced the color during the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month of October.  Pink “Race To Whip Cancer” shirts featuring two horses coming down the homestretch will be on sale for $10.  The Downs at Albuquerque also hosted a “Race To Whip Cancer Day” on October 13.
 
Saturday’s 12 races at Zia Park are sponsored by:  Zia Park Chapel; Purina Animal Nutrition; SWJ Arnett Racing Stables; Lonnie Elam & Son Horse Transport; Rocky Top Horse Transport; Equine Relocation Services, LLC; Taylor Horse Transport; James J. Gonzalez Racing Stables; Pesikan & Kilgroe Stables; Westside Home Repair Services; B&M Automotive, Billy Seelbach; and Rafter Eleven Equine Supplies.
 
On Sunday the richest state-bred card in the nation will take place at Zia Park when the Hobbs, New Mexico, track contests 11 New Mexico-bred stakes races worth a total of $2 million as part of New Mexico Cup Day.