04/17/2011 9:50PM

Santa Anita fans strolling in stretch raise nearly $100,000 for cancer

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ARCADIA, Calif.- Approximately 2,000 racing fans took part in a fund-raising walk on Santa Anita’s main track after Sunday’s final day of the winter-spring meeting as part of a day of events that raised nearly $100,000 for the nearby City of Hope Cancer Center.

Fans crowded the track’s picturesque walking ring to start the quarter-mile walk and then proceeded through a tunnel onto the main track before walking up the stretch. The starting gate was positioned at the eighth pole and served as a photo opportunity and turn around point before walkers proceeded down the stretch to the finish line.

The event raised money for the City of Hopes Women’s Cancers, Women’s Cures program.

Track president George Haines said in a statement that the support and money raised “far exceeded our expectations. We’re proud of the fact we helped to raise about $100,000 to combat women’s cancers and were able to project an image of unity on behalf of the California Thoroughbred industry.”