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Trainers sign autographs for cancer research at Saratoga Race Course
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Saratoga trainers are remembering one of their own, and on Sunday gave back in honor of Dominic Galluscio.
"Trainer Dominic Galluscio passed away of pancreatic cancer so today we're really making a day in honor of him," says Brett Tessler, special events Coordinator at Saratoga Race Course.
For almost an hour Sunday, fans came out in drives to get a few signatures from their favorite trainers, and raise awareness for Galluscio who died of pancreatic cancer in March, at just 55 years old. Fans paid $5 to get autographs, all of that money raised went towards Pancreatic Cancer research. Organizers say it was a much bigger turnout than they expected.
'I didn't really expect all of these people I really think it's great it's just a wonderful thing how people come together on something like this," says trainer and organizer Gary Gullo.
Gullo joined over a dozen other trainers signing autographs. He hopes to make it an annual tradition.
"He was a very good friend of mine, we've been friends for 40 years or so, we trained horses, and I just felt I had to do something about this," he says.
"Dominic was well respected among all the different trainers, and Gary Gullo is a trainer that came up to me and he really wanted to do something to honor him and they put together this great day with us, and we really just want to make the awareness about pancreatic cancer and hopefully we can raise a lot of money for the organization," adds Tessler.
All of the money raised will be donated to the Lustgarten Foundation, a non-profit with a mission to advance research for pancreatic cancer and raise awareness.