Ms. Racing Queen Finale 2013
It’s official. Everyone here at the Lady and The Track headquarters officially has Ms. Racing Queen fever! Some of us simply adore a good old-fashioned beauty pageant, others like the drama surrounding the true intentions of the contest. A few members of our team are actually refusing to participate in the fun because they feel betrayed that a Queen may be crowned for her looks instead of her passion for thoroughbreds and her knowledge of the industry itself. Most of us are enjoying the competition and are excited to attend the finale on Sunday dressed in our very own personal runway outfits! The top ten finalists will compete for the 2013 Ms. Racing Queen Crown on Sunday March 24 at Gulfstream Park.
The 2013 Ms. Racing Queen finalist consist of five contestants from Santa Anita Park and five from Gulfstream Park. The top ten finalists were narrowed down from a total of 400 contestants.
The Santa Anita Park finalists for 2013 Ms. Racing Queen:
The Gulfstream Park finalists for Ms. Racing Queen 2013:
According to the Gulfstream Park website: The Ms. Racing Queen Pageants’ mission is to find and promote exceptional women with a strong interest in ethical education, humanitarian issues and the Thoroughbred Racing Culture. The winner of the Ms. Racing Queen title will receive $100,000 from The Stronach Group, parent company of Gulfstream Park, and will be contracted to travel and appear as an ambassador on behalf of The Stronach Group to such major events as the Preakness Stakes, Florida Derby and Santa Anita Derby while promoting Thoroughbred racing. Ms. Racing Queen will also provide behind-the-scenes footage of The Stronach Group events and will provide updates via social media throughout the year. The runner-up will receive $50,000.
I understand why the open letter to the Stronach Group from Catherine Toner is creating controversy over the ethics of the pageant. I admire Ms. Toner for her hard work and would love to crown her Queen of Lady and The Track. But to me, the top ten finalists in the 2013 Ms. Racing Queen Pageant have worked their tails off to compete on Sunday! I admit in the beginning I would have liked to see a few girls competing that had some knowledge of horse racing. The Stronach Group is trying to educate and recruit younger fans to the horse racing industry, which is exactly what this beauty pageant accomplishes. Regardless of the controversy, this pageant is a positive event for young fans of the horse racing industry. Lady and The Track would like to wish all of the contestants of the 2013 Ms. Racing Queen pageant the best of luck on Sunday. We will be there with bells on the cheer you on!
Good Luck! Safe Run! ~Trixie
UPDATED RESULTS of the 2013 Ms. Racing Queen Pageant.