For Immediate Release
November 10, 2011
Midway, Ky.— Lauren Moore, a 20-year-old junior and equine studies major at Midway College in Midway, Kentucky, won the Breeders’ Cup “Free Ride” Sweepstakes that features a $10,000 scholarship on November 4 at Churchill Downs.
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, Wisconsin, Moore arrived at the track with her parents, saw the 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, a racing fan and hunt seat rider at Midway. “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.
Moore was won over by Thoroughbred racing when her father, took her to Monmouth Park for the 2007 Breeders’ Cup to watch Curlin win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).
“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,” Moore said.
Moore is currently an intern at the Maker's Mark Secretariat Center in Lexington, 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.