Canter for the Cause at Pimlico brought out 275 riders. Photo by Maryland Jockey Club.

Canter for the Cause at Pimlico brought out 275 riders. Photo by Maryland Jockey Club.

From a Maryland Jockey Club release

More than 275 professional and amateurs riders walked, trotted and cantered their horses and ponies across historic Pimlico Race Course Sunday morning during Canter For The Cause, a popular event that raises money for Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Susan G. Komen Maryland.

Beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday, riders rode their horses and ponies across the same track that has hosted Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Cigar, Affirmed, Rachel Alexandra, Seattle Slew, California Chrome and American Pharoah. Riders casually trotted and cantered, walked through a pink starting gate, and posed for photo opportunities in the winner’s circle.

Canter For The Cause was just one of several events held supporting Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Susan G. Komen Maryland before, during and after the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes. The event was sponsored in part by Maryland Saddlery and Equiery Magazine. Chesapeake Bay Roasting Company handed out complimentary coffee and the Mounted Unit of the Baltimore Police Department attended.

“For the second consecutive year, Canter For The Cause was a great opportunity for horse owners and horse lovers to enjoy Pimlico Race Course while raising awareness and giving back to Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and Susan G. Komen Maryland,” said Maryland Jockey Club Vice President and General Manager Sal Sinatra. “For those of us with the Maryland Jockey Club, it was a pleasure and honor to meet so many people who share our love and respect for the horse and are committed to the growth of Thoroughbred racing throughout Maryland.”


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