Rosa Hildebrandt, a 51-year-old businesswoman from Chino, Calif., beat out five other finalists to win the third annual Miss Cougar Del Mar contest on Friday.
Despite criticism by some that the concept is tacky and sexist, the Miss Cougar contest drew an overwhelmingly positive response from race goers, according to a Sign On San Diego report.
“Perhaps this event wouldn't work in other venues, but we have pulled it off,” said Walker McBride, broadcasting and development manager for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. “We try to make it as comfortable and as breezy as possible. It's not your normal racetrack. We have rock concerts. Everyone working here wears Hawaiian shirts. I don't think people are as uptight here as they are at other venues.”
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