The Ararat Harness Racing Club is getting right behind the Pacing for Pink campaign, dedicating Tuesday night's meeting to the cause.
The names of all races on the eight-event card have been sold to support the breast cancer awareness and fundraising initiative, as has the track's sprint lane, which has been named in memory of Sandra Sladdin.
Sladdin lost her seventh battle with breast cancer on June 18 last year, when she was 69 years old. She is survived by her three daughters, two granddaughters and grandson, most of whom will be on track.
A host of donations will assist raffles and auctions on the night, with a memorabilia table to be filled with caps, stubby holders, beanies, vests and t-shirts from various thoroughbred training establishments.
A framed Lunar Fox Australian Guineas print, signed by trainer Paul Preusker and jockey Michael Dee, is among the major auction highlights, with the club taking bids for about the next week. Jockeys Dean Yendall and Harry Coffey have also donated signed riding pants.
For the first time, reinsmen have joined reinswomen in wearing sponsored pink pants throughout the entire month of May, with 69 drivers signed up to take part in the initiative.
The campaign’s major fundraising day is scheduled for the Shepparton Harness Racing Club on Sunday, May 23 and will feature giveaways to trainers, drivers and owners, as well as continuous raffles throughout the afternoon.
WATCH PACING FOR PINK CO-ORDINATOR DONNA CASTLES SHARE HER PERSONAL BREAST CANCER STORY BELOW: