Distaff Challenge Championship Goes Pink

Merial Distaff Championship race will be a "Race For The Cure" Event.

Q-Racing Journal

Tami Purcell-Burkland was Racing For A Cure earlier this year.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the Challenge program and Prairie Meadows will be joining in support by running the October 18 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) as an all-pink “Race For The Cure” event.

The $100,000 race is part of the headlining Bank of America Challenge Championships at the Altoona, Iowa, racetrack. The contestants in the race will have special pink silks and saddle towels for the race.

Breast Cancer Awareness month encourages people to have an early detection plan. Breast cancer that is detected early, in the localized stage, has a five-year survival rate of 98 percent, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation Inc. The foundation also says that one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes.

Other tracks also support the awareness promotion. Among others, Los Alamitos recently partnered with the Susan G. Komen Foundation for a “Betting on the Cure” night. Other tracks such as Remington Park and Zia Park, among others, have also hosted such supportive promotions.

One of the sport’s all-time leading female jockeys, Tami Purcell-Burkland, returned from retirement to ride a small number of races this year wearing pink silks with a breast cancer awareness ribbon, autographed by survivors and family remembering their loved ones.

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