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 Stand.

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 another $18,000.

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.

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