Albuquerque Downs' Annual "Race to Whip Cancer" Day Set for July 17

All proceeds from the event go to support cancer research.

Press release

Albuquerque Downs' "Race to Whip Cancer Day" is set for Sunday, July 17.

Albuquerque Downs’ annual "Race to Whip Cancer Day" will take place this Sunday, July 17.

The event, also known as "Pink Day at the Races," raises money for cancer research. Organized by local horsewoman Jamie Zamora, herself a cancer survivor, “Race to Whip Cancer Day” features races sponsored by local businesses, including horse owners and trainers.

Fans in attendance can also bid on donated items in a silent auction and purchase pink t-shirts decorated with a unique and specially designed logo. Every dollar raised goes to cancer research.

Zamora inaugurated the fundraiser at Zia Park in Hobbs in 2009, and it has subsequently spread to other tracks in New Mexico.

"It's so heartwarming to see that the event has taken on a life of its own," Zamora said. "I never dreamed it would turn into this. It has grown by leaps and bounds. Everybody is so willing to go all in for such a great cause."

Fans are encouraged to wear pink to the track on July 17. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. (MDT).

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