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ARIZONA WOMAN WINS "ULTIMATE FEMALE FAN" CONTEST; RECEIVES TRIP TO BREEDERS’ CUP
Stephanie Storin, a 23-year-old phlebotomist from Tucson, Ariz., has won a trip for two to the Oct. 26 Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill., in the "Ultimate Female Fan" contest, jointly sponsored by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Daily Racing Form (DRF). The write-in contest was held in conjunction with the release of Betsy Berns’ book, published by DRF Press, Win, Place and Show: A Female Fan Guide to Thoroughbred Racing.
The contest required entrants to submit a 100-word-or-fewer essay explaining why they are Thoroughbred racing’s "Ultimate Female Fan." More than 1,000 entries were received and later judged by Berns, the NTRA and DRF.
"I am the ultimate female fan of Thoroughbred racing," Storin wrote in her submission, "because I was eight years old when I was bitten by the racing bug at Rillito Park in Tucson. I started working there the day after I turned 16, working before and after school and at least 14 hours a day on the weekend, making a whole $50 a week! The joy I had working, though, surpassed the money I was making. I plan on attending the University of Arizona’s Racetrack Industry Program, and my goal is to become the first female trainer to win the Triple Crown. Think that’s a wild dream? Wait and see!’"
In addition to transportation and hotel accommodations, Storin will receive two tickets to the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships and a $1,000 betting voucher. She will be accompanied on her trip by her mother Barbara.
"I’m so in shock to be the winner of the ‘Ultimate Female Fan’ contest," said Storin. "There are no words to describe how overjoyed I am to be going to the Breeders’ Cup. I went in 1997 and was going to go next year at Santa Anita. This year we were just going to have a Breeders’ Cup party at the house, but this is so much better. I just sprang the news on my mother. She’s a big fan too; especially of Bob Baffert. At her Derby party this year, she had a big picture of him on her front door and made all her guests bow down to it before they could enter."
Storin attends the races every weekend during the live Rillito Park meeting. Like her mother, Stephanie is also a fan of fellow Arizona native Bob Baffert. She also admires D. Wayne Lukas and once purchased a gelding he had trained -- Clever Ricky -- in order to provide the horse with a good home following the conclusion of his racing career. Her favorite betting story involves the classic "one that got away." "I was at Rillito with a girlfriend and wanted to go partners with her on a $4 trifecta ticket," Storin said. "She was down to her last two dollars and for her it was either this bet or a hamburger. She went for the sure thing, and I was too cheap to bet the whole ticket on my own. Naturally, the trifecta came in and paid over $1,500. She’ll never live that down."
"Stephanie Storin is a delightful young woman and as dedicated as they come," said Keith Chamblin, senior vice president, industry relations and marketing for the NTRA. "Our industry needs to develop more fans like her. We very much look forward to hosting her and her mom at Arlington."
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders’ Cup Limited also conduct the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, ntra.com, and at the Web site for the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, breederscup.com.
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