Toner to Stronach: ‘Your Racing Queens are Right Here’
Over the past several weeks, the Stronach Group has been holding a contest at both Gulfstream Park and Santa Anita Park to select a Ms. Racing Queen.
The contest, similar to a beauty pageant, is being used to select contestants for Ms. Racing Queen. The winner will be crowned on March 24 in South Florida, and will represent the Stronach Group at the Grade I Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 30, the Grade I Santa Anita Derby on April 6, and the Grade I Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore, Md., on May 18.
The winner will also receive a top prize of $100,000.
At the Brooklyn Backstretch, one contest hopeful, Catherine Toner, wrote an open letter to the Stronach Group, saying that the contest officials should be focusing on the ‘true’ Racing Queens – those racetrack employees that work countless hours on the backstretch and that possess a true love of the horses and the sport that they work in – and not an outdated, demeaning beauty pageant.