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Thursday, January 09, 2020Contact: Shannon Kelly (859) 521-5327
Fashionable Fillies Goes West to Santa Anita; Proceeds to Benefit Southern California

The Fashionable Fillies Luncheon will go west for the first time this year, landing on March 8, 2020, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation announced today. The traditional summer luncheon will again be held in Saratoga Springs, with both events benefiting the foundation.

Hosted in Santa Anita’s Chandelier Room, the March event will include cocktails, lunch, and the opportunity to shop from local vendors. All proceeds will be earmarked by the foundation to benefit the backstretch community in Southern California.

“The Fashionable Fillies Luncheon has been a successful event in Saratoga for nearly two decades, and we wanted to bring it to the west coast to engage the California racing community and show the good work that the Safety Net does for those who work in the racing industry across the country,” said Shannon Kelly, executive director for the foundation. “We are thankful for the support from The Stronach Group and their help in hosting and organizing this event.”

“The Thoroughbred breeding and racing industries would not be possible without the efforts of the men and women who work behind the scenes on behalf of our equine athletes,” said Aidan Butler, chief strategy officer and acting executive director of California Racing Operations for The Stronach Group. “The Stronach Group is proud to support the Safety Net Foundation’s mission through the Fashionable Fillies Luncheon Goes West.”

“I am honored to be a part of the Fashionable Fillies Luncheon Goes West and raise money for the men and women who are the backbone of the Thoroughbred industry,” said Jill Baffert, chair of the event committee.

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The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation is a charitable trust that provides, on a confidential basis, financial relief to needy members of the Thoroughbred industry and their families. Recipients of the Safety Net Foundation’s support represent virtually every facet of the Thoroughbred industry, from jockeys, trainers, exercise riders, and grooms to office personnel and other employees of racetracks, racing organizations, and breeding farms. Assistance can come in any number of forms, including financial aid, medication, surgical and hospital costs, therapeutic equipment, voice-recognition computers for quadriplegics, and wheelchair-accessible vans. Since 1985, The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation has provided more than $16 million in assistance.