Maryland Jockey Club today announced that the Goo Goo Dolls will
headline a concert on Friday, May 17 at Pimlico Race Course as part of
Pimlico’s partnership with the Maryland Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for
the Cure®, an event that launched in 2010 to raise funds and aid
awareness and research for breast cancer.
The People’s Pink Party includes a 13-race program that afternoon featuring eight stakes races, headlined by the 89th running of $500,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) for 3-year-old fillies and the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3). The
day will feature a jockey challenge between eight of the nation’s top
active riders and the fourth annual Lady Legends For the Cure Race™.
day’s growing momentum and popularity allow us to offer, for the first
time, an Infield concert on Preakness eve featuring a national
headlining artist. Live music has always been a part of The People’s
Pink Party, and with the Goo Goo Dolls performance, the weekend is now
positioned to be one of the most unique entertainment experiences
anywhere, combining the highest level of racing and first-class music on
both Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days,” said Maryland Jockey Club
president Tom Chuckas. “The heart of Black-Eyed Susan day remains our
partnership with Komen Maryland. It remains our pleasure to honor many
devoted people involved in the fight against breast cancer on this very
special day at Pimlico.”
Grammy-nominated artists Goo Goo Dolls recently released “Rebel Beat”, the first single from their new album Magnetic due out May 7th
via Warner Bros Records. Goo Goo Dolls have sold over 10 million albums
worldwide, with 14 Top 10 Radio hits, more than any other artists in
the history of the Hot AC format. They are the only artists to have
songs on Billboard’s “Top 100 Songs from 1992-2012” chart, including the
number One slot, for “Iris”. Additional information can be found at http://googoodolls.com/, https://twitter.com/googoodolls and https://www.facebook.com/googoodolls.
line-up will include two other acts, to be announced shortly. The
public infield will open at 2 p.m. with the music beginning at 4
o’clock. A full schedule will be released closer to the date.
independent promotion and production company, I.M.P., of 9:30 Club and
Merriweather Post Pavilion fame, booked and will produce the concert. Additional information can be found on http://www.930.com/.
for the concert will be on sale to the public Friday, March 15 and can
be bought by calling the Pimlico sales office at 410-542-9400 or
877-206-8042 or at www.ticketfly.com. Tickets for the concert will be $25.
two-day Infield combo ticket is available for $70 through May 11.
Pitbull and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will headline the main stage at
Preakness InfieldFest on Saturday, May 18. There will be no MUG Club or
MUG Club ticketing on Black-Eyed Susan day, May 17.
The Lady Legends For the Cure Race
in its fourth year, the Lady Legends For the Cure Race™ was the first
ever pari-mutuel race showcasing retired female riders. Profiled on NBC
Sports in 2010, the race was also filmed as the climatic ending to the
feature length documentary in production, JOCK, chronicling the story of
the first generation of lady jockeys.
Jennifer Rowland-Small will be back to defend her title. A pioneering jockey in Maryland in the 1970’s, she guided Class Rules to a gate-to-wire score a year ago.
Zoe Cadman, Patti “PJ” Cooksey, Abby Fuller, Mary Russ-Tortora, Barbara Jo Rubin and Cheryl White return with Stacie Clark-Rogers replacing 2011 champion Mary Wiley-Wagner.
Lady Legends concept has been a home run for us,” said Maryland Jockey
Club racing secretary Georganne Hale, who coordinates the Lady Legends
race and the jockey challenge. “They are excellent ambassadors for
racing. The girls have fun when they come to town and the crowd loves
them. Barbara Jo is going to be 64 this year and personally I hope she
gets a good draw. She is a true legend and I would like to see her win
was the first woman to win a pari-mutuel race in the United States,
guiding Cohesion to victory at Charles Town on February 22, 1969.
addition to her earnings in the race, each rider will receive a $3,500
bonus. Pimlico will match the amount wagered on the 2013 winner in-state
and make a contribution to Komen Maryland.
Battle of The Sexes Jockey Challenge
The Jockey's Challenge will feature four
of the North America’s top female jockeys versus four of the nation’s
best male riders, competing in four races with points awarded based
upon their finish.
Competing on the female side will be former Maryland sensation Rosie Napravnik, Emma-Jayne Wilson, Rosemary Homeister and Forest
Boyce. The male lineup has not been finalized but those under
consideration include Ramon Dominguez, John Velazquez, Javier
Castellano, Mike Smith and Gary Stevens.
the years we have had many formats but decided a boys and against the
girls concept would be the most fun,” added Hale. “It is special for us
to have Rosie back. She got her start at Pimlico (2005) and we are all
proud of her accomplishments as one of the top riders in the country.”
jockey with the most points at the end of a four-race competition will
be crowned champion. Riding assignments are determined by a drawing
Sunday, May 12, and jockeys receive points for finishing first (12
points), second (6), third (4) and fourth (3) in each race. The
champion jockey will earn $10,000. Other prize money: $7,000 (second),
$6,000 (third), $4,000 (fourth), $2,000 (fifth) and $1,000 (sixth
The Lady Legends and Jockey Challenge riders will take part in an autograph session prior to the card.
The People’s Pink Party
G. Komen for the Cure®, the global leader of the breast cancer
movement, was founded by Nancy G. Brinker in 1982 after a promise to her
dying sister to do everything in her power to end breast cancer.
The People’s Pink Party will
welcome 89 breast cancer survivors as guests to Pimlico, where they
will be honored in festivities throughout the day, highlighted by an
inspirational winners’ circle tribute that has become an event
tradition. Seventy-five percent of the funds raised during the day will
go to the Komen Maryland Affiliate to use for community outreach
programs in Maryland and 25% will be used for life-saving breast cancer
are thrilled to continue for the fourth year our partnership with the
Maryland Jockey Club. They remain committed as Komen Maryland to raising
funds for breast cancer education, screening, treatment and support
services for the Maryland community,” said Robin Prothro, CEO of Komen
Maryland. “Their support translates into funding for local breast cancer
programs throughout the state and for research projects across the
recognition of Komen’s signature shade, Pimlico will once again be
awash in pink on Black-Eyed Susan Day. The horses and pony riders on the
track will don pink saddletowels branded with the unity logo created
exclusively to commemorate the day. Additionally, the valets and
starters will sport pink gear, and colorful pink linens, flowers and
banners will blanket Pimlico throughout the day.
new Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will be crowned. The contest honoring
breast cancer survivors and individuals who have made a difference in
the lives of those fighting breast cancer returns for the fourth year.
The winner will be chosen in part through an on-line, interactive
process featuring the contestant’s own stories. The title “Ms. Preakness
Pink Warrior” is in recognition of the popular anthem, “Pink Warrior”,
celebrating the war against breast cancer, written and performed by
Candy Coburn. Ms. Preakness Pink Warrior will serve as the official
ambassador of the Preakness, representing the Maryland Jockey Club at
Preakness events throughout the week, including the presentation of the
Woodlawn Vase on the storied cupola following the 138th Preakness® Stakes on Saturday, May 18.
A new website promoting Black-Eyed Susan Day (www.blackeyedsusanday.com) is currently under development.