The Racing With Pride rainbow silks will be carried for the first time at a British turf flat racecourse in York tomorrow.
Jockey Jim Crowley will be wearing the iconic colours on five-year-old filly Zim Baby in The British EBF Racing With Pride Fillies’ Handicap. The race runs at 3pm on Friday (10 June).
With full support from Zim Baby’s owners, the unique silks have been transferred to Fosnic Racing from Racing With Pride specifically for the race.
The Racing With Pride Fillies’ Handicap has been named in support and recognition of Pride Month and the LGBT+ community in horse racing. Sponsorship of the race has been 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, said: “It’s good that racing is welcoming everybody into the sport, recognising different genders and orientations – welcoming people into racing with open arms.”
Flag will fly
During the two-day fixture, the Pride rainbow flag will fly from the grandstand.
And players from inclusive rugby union team the York Templars will also join Racing With Pride and York Racecourse as guests, to enjoy the afternoon of racing and judge the best turned out of the 3pm race.
“Racing With Pride is delighted to partner again with the British EBF and York Racecourse to celebrate Pride month,” said its chairman David Letts.
“This visible activation is an important signal of support for the LGBTQ+ community, both within racing and beyond.”
Chief executive of York Racecourse William Derby said: “We are very grateful for the British European Breeders’ Fund’s support in enabling this special celebration of the nationwide Pride Month within racing and at York.
“We are delighted to be an active and enthusiastic supporter of Racing With Pride and to welcome all members of our community to York for everyone to enjoy.
“We wish Zim Baby and Jim Crowley, Mick Appleby, Fosnic Racing and everyone at Racing With Pride the very best of luck in the race.”