Morgan Edwards' family has long been involved with the racing industry. Her love for the sport started as a young girl when she helped her dad select the horses on which to place his wagers. Eventually, her family got involved in horse ownership through racehorse partnerships as well as breeding stock.
However, what really started her path toward a career with horses and racing was Barbaro. After watching Barbaro getting injured in the Preakness, Edwards wrote to him at the New Bolton Center and received a letter back thanking her for the kind words. She was hooked immediately and wanted to become an equine veterinarian, but after studying at Washington State University for two years, she decided it wasn't the right fit.
“When I was a high school freshman, I wanted to be a Thoroughbred trainer, and I was going to attend the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program. Things changed, but if I would have listened to myself back then I could have saved some time,” Edwards said.
Morgan recently transferred to the U of A to start her junior year in the program and is loving the wonderful opportunities it has given her.
One of those opportunities, was being able to assist with the Breeder's Cup at Del Mar. She and a group of students were able to experience how such a large racing event is put on.
“Oh, it was great! I got to meet some of my favorite horses, like Pavel,” Edwards said.
During her first year working the Rillito meet, Edwards was a racing ambassador and helped people learn how to bet, use self-serve machines, read past performances and understand more of what racing is all about.
“There were so many great times at Rillito this past year. Probably the most satisfying moment was my first time doing a tip sheet, and picking Promises Fulfilled in the Fountain of Youth. I helped some people win money that day because I would not shut up about how confident I was!”
Morgan is expected to graduate next spring and has her sights set on the business side of the industry.
PariBet LLC, an advanced deposit wagering service, is again partnering with Rillito Park Racetrack to sponsor students in the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program to work in various positions at the track during its 2018 winter season. In turn, the students contribute a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise to the meet.
To learn more about the Race Track Industry Program, visit ua-rtip.org.
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