SANTA ANITA STAGES ‘ON TRACK TO BEAT CANCER,’ 2ND ANNUAL PUBLIC FUNDRAISER BENEFITTING CITY OF HOPE SET FOR APRIL 22, FANS, JOCKEYS, HORSEMEN, CELEBS PARTNER TO FIND CURES FOR WOMEN’S CANCERS

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 12, 2012)—Santa Anita Park has announced plans for a second annual “On Track To Beat Cancer” event on closing day, April 22. One in three women will be diagnosed with cancer this year and the public is therefore encouraged to join jockeys, horsemen and celebrities in a walk down Santa Anita’s historic homestretch to raise money to support City of Hope find cures for women’s cancers.

“This was a very successful fundraiser last year and all facets of the racing industry came together to help fund cures for women’s cancers,” said Santa Anita Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chris Quinn. “We expect to have a couple thousand people participating and we hope when they finish on the track, they’ll join us for some live music and our Party in the Paddock, which should be a lot of fun.”

All participants are encouraged to wear purple.

“We’ll have purple-colored “On Track To Beat Cancer” tee shirts available for everyone,” said Quinn. “We’re hoping to create a sea of purple and for those who would like to show their support for City of Hope’s women’s cancer research, treatment and education programs, they’ll get the tee shirt, a wrist band and be able to walk down the stretch for just $10 dollars.”

“We’re very excited to once again be partnering with Santa Anita for this year’s ‘On Track To Beat Cancer’ event,” said Steven Martin, Vice President of Marketing at City of Hope. “Last year was such a great success and this year is again a fantastic way to celebrate closing day at Santa Anita while supporting City of Hope’s work to end women’s cancers.”

Anyone making a $10 donation to City of Hope on closing day will be eligible to walk on the track. Fans are encouraged to bring signs and banners, create teams, take photos and dedicate their walk to cancer survivors or to the memory of loved ones who have succumbed to or who are battling cancer.

City of Hope will bring their mobile blood donation truck for fans who wish to donate blood while at the track.

For more information on how to participate in the “On Track To Beat Cancer” event, fans are encouraged to visit www.santaanita.com. To learn more about City of Hope’s Women’s Cancers Program, visit http://womenscancers.cityofhope.org.

About City of Hope:

City of Hope is a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center, the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, City of Hope’s research and treatment protocols advance care throughout the nation. City of Hope is based in Southern California and is ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics. For more information, visit www.cityofhope.org or follow City of Hope on facebook, twitter, youtube or flickr.

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