In a salute to Ladies Night at Colonial Downs on Saturday, June 25th, nine mares in the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s (TRF) herd at James River are competing in an equine beauty pageant for the title of “Miss TRF 2011.”

The lucky mare that takes the title will prance into the Winner’s Circle Ladies Night to

claim the adoration of racing fans, a year’s supply of carrots, and the opportunity to serve as

spokeshorse for TRF in Virginia.

The pageant has two stages of competition. Starting Wednesday, June 15th, racing and TRF

fans can vote online for their favorite mare based on looks, personality, talent and post-racing

career aspirations (http://colonialdowns.com/misstrf/).

The three mares capturing most on-line votes will be trackside Ladies Evening, June 25th to strut their stuff for racing fans, who will decide which of the three finalists is blanketed in pink roses Miss TRF 2011.

Each of the nine mares competing in the Miss TRF pageant is a retired ex-racehorse who has

demonstrated a passion for moving on to a second career and TRF’s mission to rescue

Thoroughbreds. Among the contestants are:

Twitchy Witch, the ‘career athlete,’ who is determined to win a hunter/jumper blue ribbon but recognizes that ‘family horse’ is an important second career too;

Patti’s Storm, the ‘It Girl,’ who down-plays her looks in the herd but thinks her beauty can be a real asset to draw attention to TRF’s cause to help horses and people;

Romancera, who acknowledges she’s the ‘dark horse’ of the pageant but believes every Thoroughbred should be able to live their life carefree — without labels; and

Ace of Hearts, who has taken chances in her career from racing to retraining that haven’t always worked out but still believes in the indomitable spirit of the Thoroughbred

and the heart of humans.

“The Miss TRF pageant is a fun way for us to share the story of TRF and the Thoroughbreds we

rescue and retrain at James River,” said Anne Tucker, President of the Board, TRF James

River. “Our goal is to spread the word that Thoroughbreds can have second careers after

racing and to build support among the racing community for Thoroughbred aftercare.”

“We think racing fans will enjoy the Miss TRF pageant – the mares are beautiful and their

second career stories are inspiring,” said Darrel Wood, Marketing Director, Colonial Downs.

“TRF’s mission is very important to the racing industry so it’s our hope that racing fans, owners,

breeders, jockeys – everyone who loves the Thoroughbred – will not only vote for Miss TRF but

also make a contribution to TRF’s herd at James River.”

TRF James River’s Board and volunteers will be on-site at Colonial Downs Ladies Evening to

share information about the mares, the herd at James River and TRF’s mission. Donations to

TRF can be made online or at the track on Ladies Night.

For more information on the “Miss TRF 2011” and to vote, please visit

http://colonialdowns.com/misstrf/ starting Wednesday, June 15th through Friday, June 24th.

(Editor’s Note: Aside from its “Barn Beauties,” TRF James River’s herd cares for two other racing celebrities: Multiple Choice, who captured nearly $1 million dollars in race winnings during his career; and Covert Action, a grandson of Secretariat. For more information, please visit jamesriverhorses.org.)