|Alex's Lemonade Stand Will Be at Lone
Star for Saturday's Belmont Stakes To Raise Money for Childhood Cancer Research
As 3-year-old colt Afleet Alex seeks to follow up his dramatic
Preakness Stakes victory with a win in Saturday's 137th Belmont Stakes,
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie and a host of other racetracks across
the country will be raising money for childhood cancer research, thanks
to the legacy of a young girl with an indomitable spirit.
In July 2000 at age four, Alexandra "Alex" Scott, who was diagnosed
with an aggressive childhood cancer called neuroblastoma, dreamed of opening
her first lemonade stand to raise money for "her doctors" to
cure cancer. The dream became a reality, and to date, more than $1.8 million
has been raised and donated worldwide for childhood oncology on behalf
of Alex's Lemonade Stand.
Sadly, Alex Scott lost her battle with cancer last August at age eight,
but her memory and special charity live on. Her amazing story touched
the hearts of Chuck and Carol Zacney, partners in the Cash Is King Stable
that owns Belmont Stakes favorite Afleet Alex. In turn, the ownership
group has pledged a portion of their winnings each race to Alex's Lemonade
Last month, Alex's mother, Liz Scott, arranged to have a stand open on
Kentucky Derby Day at Churchill Downs and raised $11,000. Two weeks later,
Pimlico Race Course had a pair of stands for the Preakness and raised
On Saturday, Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie and at least 25 other Thoroughbred
Racing Association racetracks will have Alex's Lemonade Stands open on
Belmont Stakes Day. Lone Star's Alex's Lemonade Stand will be situated
in the popular outdoor Courtyard of Champions area all day. All proceeds
will benefit childhood cancer research.
In addition, the first 50 people to make donations of at least $10 will
receive a poster of the official artwork for the 137th Belmont Stakes
by famous 3-D pop artist Charles Fazzino.
Lone Star's grandstand gates will open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and the
first of 11 live races is 1:35 p.m. The Belmont Stakes, featuring a rematch
between Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo and dramatic Preakness Stakes hero
Afleet Alex, will be simulcast on television monitors throughout the facility
and the track's giant infield JumboTron between the eighth and ninth races
at 5:38 p.m. CT.
General admission is $3. For more information, call (972) 263-RACE.