Twenty-year-old Lauren Moore never figured she would wind up being a huge winner at last Friday's opening of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, but the Midway College junior and equine studies major ended up scoring big with a $10,000 scholarship through the Breeders' Cup “Free Ride” Sweepstakes.
The Breeders' Cup “Free Ride” Sweepstakes was open to all full-time college students who were present a Churchill Downs on Breeders' Cup Friday, November 4. A native of Onalaska, WI, Moore arrived at the track with her parents, saw the Free Ride Scholarship Sweepstakes booth, took a chance and signed up.
“I was quite blown away when a contest person called me on my cell phone and gave me the news,” said Moore. “It's a terrific amount of money for school. It's quite unbelievable.”
Lauren was presented an oversized check for $10,000 near the paddock with her parents Charles and Mary.
The scholarship is nearly a perfect fit for Moore, who is a passionate Thoroughbred racing fan, and hunt seat rider, to go along with her concentration in equine management at Midway, a private women's college in the center of the Kentucky Thoroughbred farm industry.
Moore was won over by Thoroughbred racing when her father, took her to Monmouth Park for the 2007 Breeders' Cup to watch her favorite horse Curlin in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
“I got to see Curlin come around the corner and win the Classic, and it was at that moment that I really fell in love with the sport and wanted to work in this industry and be involved in the racing experience every day.”
As a testament to following her dream, Lauren is an intern at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center in Lexington, Ky., where she is aiding in the re-training and eventual adoption of retired racehorses for new careers. “It's a great experience to take them through that journey,” she said.
For this year's Breeders' Cup Classic, Moore was pulling for Havre de Grace. “I picked Drosselmeyer to win the Belmont Stakes last year, but I was rooting for the filly last Saturday.”
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