Canter for a Cause Returns to Pimlico Race Course

Legendary Pimlico Race Course will once again play host to the popular Canter for a Cause Sunday, Oct. 10, giving the public an opportunity to walk, trot, canter or gallop their favorite horse or pony on the same track that has hosted legends like Seabiscuit and Secretariat.

Sponsored by the Maryland Jockey Club, Canter for a Cause is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is $50 per trip, with proceeds going to benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Entries will be taken in four groups – Seabiscuit (walk, trot, canter and gallop), Secretariat (walk, trot and slow canter), War Admiral (walk and trot) and Ben’s Cat (leadline). Groups will run every 30 minutes and have 20 to 25 minutes apiece on the track. Participants will also have their picture taken in the winner’s circle.

All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins test within 12 months. All riders must sign a waiver and wear approved helmets, and riders under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. No colts or stallions are allowed.

Pimlico is the second-oldest racetrack in the country, opened in 1870. Known as Old Hilltop and home of the Preakness Stakes (G1), Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, Pimlico has seen such stars as War Admiral, Affirmed, Curlin, Rachel Alexandra, Gallorette and Smarty Jones race over its main track.

Registration closes Monday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m. or until 300 entries are taken. To register and pay by credit card visit or call the Pimlico ticket office at 877-206-8042.

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