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Autism Speaks and the Del Mar Racetrack to host Autism Awareness Day

August 12, 2013

On Saturday, August 24 from 12-5PM PT, Autism Speaks and the Del Mar Racetrack in Southern California will host 20 children with autism and their families at the Del Mar Racetrack for a VIP stable tour.  Following the “Autism Speaks Race,” the kids and their families are invited to the winner’s circle to have their pictures taken with the winning horse and jockey.  In addition, families are invited to stay for the day in a special patio section that features a food court and pony rides, among other amenities.

Andrew Langford and Krystal Langford

Here is an excerpt from Kristina Houck originally posted here on

Like many autistic children, 8-year-old Andrew finds large crowds and loud noises overwhelming. During Autism Awareness Day at the Del Mar Racetrack, however, Andrew and 19 other children with autism will get to enjoy the Del Mar horse races.

“I think it’s going to be a great experience,” said Andrew’s mother, Krystal Langford, who noted her son loves animals. “If it was a normal group setting, he wouldn’t be able to attend because it would be too loud and overwhelming.”

The children and their families will participate in a VIP stable tour and join the winner’s circle following the first race, named the “Autism Speaks Race.” Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks, will also be in attendance.

“It’s so important to acknowledge and recognize leadership like we’re getting from the Del Mar Racetrack,” Feld said. “They’re role models for people around the country for doing this. It’s hard to overstate how rare it is for a family affected by autism to go out and be able to enjoy a day like this.”

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