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Meet the Top Ten Ms. Racing Queen Finalists

Meet the Top Ten Ms. Racing Queen Finalists: The 2014 Ms. Racing Queen pageant, held by the Stronach Group, is currently underway. The finale takes place on Friday, March 28th in the Sport of Kings Theater at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida where one lucky lady will be crowned Ms. Racing Queen and awarded $100,000. Ms. Racing Queen will serve as a brand ambassador to the sport on behalf of the Stronach Group. After three qualification rounds, the top ten Ms. Racing Queen finalists have been selected and announced, five from California at Santa Anita Park, and five from Florida at Gulfstream Park.

The top five 2014 Florida Ms. Racing Queen State Finalist include Paige Duke, Ashley Conley, Anna Roberts, Linsey Toole, and Anastagia Pierre. Anastagia, Linsey, and Ashley all made it to the finals last year. The top five 2014 California Ms. Racing Queen Finalists include Rebecca Rosell, Brittany Payne, Brandi Milloy, Keeley Boess, and Natasha Martinez.

Anna Roberts Ms. Racing Queen 2014

Anna Roberts, shown above being nuzzled by an adoring fan, described Gulfstream Park as, “the prettiest track I’ve ever seen!”

While in an airport this morning, Gulfstream Park delegate Anna Roberts told us that she is extremely excited about making it to the Ms. Racing Queen finals. The former jockey tells us, “The competition has been a lot of fun!” Anna adds, “The Ms. Racing Queen pageant is great because it teaches the girls, some of which have little experience with horses or horse tracks, so much about the industry. I’ve been in the business since the age of nine and I’ve definitely learned some things along the way in this competition. Anna also mentioned that even though she has great experience on the front and backside of the track, the Ms. Racing Queen pageant brought her to Gulfstream Park for the very first time. Anna described Gulfstream Park as, “the prettiest track I’ve ever seen!”

Santa Anita Park delegate Brandi Malloy told us via email, “I’m thrilled to be a part of this experience. It’s been a whirlwind of excitement! I’m so honored to be representing one of the top five at the national competition! Spending time at the track is like coming home for me. Being from Arizona, I’ve grown up having a strong bond with horses so to be able to combine two of my passions (horses & public relations) is a perfect fit for me. What I love most about going to the race track is what a thrilling, fun and exciting time you can have-and the wagering and betting is one of my favorite parts! Horse racing is such a beautiful, rich part of our history but it’s also the stories of the jockeys and trainers combined with the spirit of the horses that makes me fall in love with the sport all over again every time I’m at the track. On the weekends I love to dress up with a group of my girlfriends and enjoy brunch at Santa Anita Park, place our bets and watch the races! I look forward to encouraging more young people to come out to the track with me! From corporate events to alumni days and more, the opportunities at the track are endless!”

Santa Anita park delegate Natasha Martinez, who returned to the Ms. Racing Queen competition at Santa Anita Park for the second time said, “My experience with Ms. Racing Queen has already changed my life. After competing last year and making it to the top 20, I guess you could say I caught the racing bug. I wanted to learn more about the beauty of the track and the thrill of seeing the magnificent horses fly by in a race. Now coming back a second time, I feel honored to have been chosen in the top 5 because I know that the people in this industry live and breathe horse racing. So the fact that I’m representing a community that is so passionate and committed to their love of the sport is like already winning. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to be immersed in this great sport and I cannot wait to go to Gulfstream Park and compete for the title of Ms. Racing Queen 2014.”

Ashley Conley Ms. racing Queen 2014

One of Ashley Conley’s favorite parts of the Ms. Racing Queen journey is being up close to the horses and having the opportunity to interact with them.

Gulfstream Park delegate Ashley Conley stated, “I was very touched and inspired by our two guest speakers (a female jockey & trainer) as they told their story about how their ambition to become a jockey & trainer was frowned upon. Yet they persisted & proved the many strides women have made in this industry. As someone who came from a difficult upbringing, I can admire & relate to both of these women who were not willing to let any setbacks stand in the way of their dreams. Another favorite part of my journey was being up close to the horses & interacting with them. It was a very peaceful moment. Overall, this entire experience has been wonderful & one that I hope to tell future generations about. I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the state finals!”

The top ten Ms. Racing Queen finalist were initially selected from a total of 100 contestants consisting of fifty from Santa Anita Park and fifty from Gulfstream Park. Beginning in March, representatives from each racetrack narrowed down the finalists while the girls learned about the sport of horse racing, listened to guest speakers, took tours of the back stretch and barns, visited the racing office, learned how to place bets, and engage in social activities at the racetrack.

The mission of Ms Racing Queen, as stating on MsRacingQueen.com, “is to promote Thoroughbred Racing by representing The Stronach Group Racing Association at various events on a national level. The 2013 competition, which featured over 300 girls from California and Florida, was the vision of Mr. Frank Stronach who was searching for an ambassador to the Sport of Kings, while also looking to change someone’s life. Ms Racing Queen 2013 walked away with a grand prize of $100,000 cash and the opportunity to attend some of racing’s most premier events during her reign.”

Santa Anita Park delegate Tatiana Schoeppler was crowned the first Ms. Racing Queen at the inaugural competition in March of 2013 at Gulfstream Park. (Read Full Story/See Photos)

The Ms. Racing Queen pageant is just one of the many wonderful events taking place during Florida Derby week at Gulfstream Park. Ms. Racing Queen will make her debut at the annual cocktail party and silent auction to benefit “TRAC” (Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Aftercare) that will take place Friday, March 28, 2014 in the walking ring at Gulfstream Park. All proceeds from the event, which is open to the public at approximately 8:00 PM EST, will be donated to TRAC including money raised from food, cocktails, silent auction items, and donations made at the door. The Besilu Stables Florida Derby takes place on Saturday, March 29, 2014, where a three-year-old colt will take home 100 points on the Kentucky Derby Trail!

For complimentary tickets to the Ms. Racing Queen finale in beautiful South Florida at Gulfstream Park on March 28, 2014 from 3:00-5:00 PM EST, email Jennifer at Jennifer.Vitrella@GulfstreamPark.com. Our very own Trixie will be seated on the official judging panel. Be sure to stop by to say Hello!

Ms. Racing Queen 2014 Top Ten Finalists:

  • jo4roush99

    There are a lot of lovely ladies in this contest. I’m pulling for Paige Duke. She is such a sweetheart and she would represent Ms. Racing Queen very well.

  • Joanne

    My vote is for Paige! Gorgeous inside and out!

  • Hope Anderson

    I have followed Paige Duke for years, and she never ceases to amaze me. I check with her Facebook page everyday to see how she is doing. She is always such a natural and has such a sincere way about her that makes everyone she is around feel special ! With her background with animals, being Ms. Racing Queen would be just perfect for her cause she has dedicated her life to the love she has for animals. What love is greater than the love of a magnificent horse ! I would love to see Paige as Ms. Racing Queen ! She would be an absolutely fantastic representative for them !

  • Nona Kaenel

    This is stupid. Does nothing to promote the sport of racing. Nothing. How about taking that $100,000 and apply it to the horsemen?

  • I believe

    My vote goes to Ashley Conley! She has conquered many obstacles in her young life and will shine brightly in whatever the future may bring.

  • Paige Duke

    Thank you Trixie for such a fun article!! Thank you all for the sweet comments as well! Nona I’m sure a few people may feel the same way about this but I just wanted to share something with you! I got into NASCAR at a time when the sport was in a bit of a hole 2 years after they brought back the Miss Sprint Cup program in an attempt to help NASCAR get back on track. We weren’t just the trophy girls that historically had been seen in just Victory Lane. We were the brand ambassador and the fans friend on the inside. We would be fans the scoop each weekend from the track via social media (We grew to over 2 million followers) and were the guest on countless news and radio race promotion programs. We would take breakfast to the winning teams shop to show appreciation for those behind the scenes. Mr. Stronach wanted to step out of the box and hire a brand ambassador through this pageant to essentially do the same type of job but for horse racing. This is only the second year they have done this contest. People don’t inherently connect to horses the way they do to humans. By adding another personality people now have another connection to the sport so they will follow. Some people watch because of a favorite jockey, trainer, or because they connected Ms. Racing Queen somewhere and decided to follow. Ms. Racing Queen can go to the news stations, shoot a behind the scenes video before every race introducing people to different jockey’s and trainers or just explain the ABC’s of betting, she will be active on social media, she will help promote rehabilitation programs (and hopefully even rehabilitate a few horses herself- I know I would)! There are so many opportunities for her to be active in the sport & help revitalize this sport!!

  • D-Ray

    Paige Duke would represent like no other! There are a lot of ladies to choose from, but if you want the BEST, Paige Hands down wins every time. She’s smart, pretty,talented,Loves animals & people)….lol #1 Queen for 2014!