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13 June 2022

Racing With Pride rainbow silks made turf debut at York Racecourse in celebration of Pride Month

The Racing With Pride rainbow silks were carried for the first time at a British turf flat racecourse, by the five year old filly Zim Baby and jockey Jim Crowley, in The British EBF Racing With Pride Fillies’ Handicap (3pm), worth £34,000 at York Racecourse on Friday 10 June.

With full support from Zim Baby’s owners the unique Silks were transferred to Fosnic Racing from Racing With Pride specifically for Friday’s race, which was named in support and recognition of Pride Month and the LGBT+ community in horseracing.  Furthermore, the sponsorship of the race was generously donated to Racing With Pride by The British European Breeders’ Fund.

Zim Baby’s trainer Mick Appleby, a prominent member of the LGBT+ community in racing, commented: “It’s good that racing is welcoming everybody into the sport, recognising different genders and orientations – welcoming people into racing with open arms.”

Chairman of Racing With Pride, David Letts added: “Racing With Pride is delighted to partner again with the British EBF and York Racecourse to celebrate Pride month. This visible activation is an important signal of support for the LGBTQ+ community, both within racing and beyond, and publicises the year-round commitment from these organisations to our work. It is an exciting bonus to have the Racing With Pride silks in use on the day and huge thanks go to Zim Baby’s connections for their support.”

Further activation celebrating Pride month took place around York Racecourse across its two-day fixture, with the Pride rainbow flag flying from the top of the grandstand on both days. Furthermore, players from The York Templars, an inclusive rugby union team also joined Racing With Pride and York Racecourse as guests and enjoyed the afternoon of racing, including judging the best turned out.

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