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The Notebook August 29, 2013

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Two-Minute Lick - Jenna Day

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Jenna Day of Louisville is the reigning Miss Kentucky and will represent the Bluegrass State in the nationally televised Miss America Pageant on Sept. 15 in Atlantic City, N.J. The University of Kentucky senior is double majoring in vocal performance and political science with hopes of eventually pursuing a career in public service. As part of her title, Day is the spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Kentucky Proud program, which encourages consumers of all ages to purchase products produced in Kentucky.

Name: Jenna Day

What I do for a living: Currently taking a sabbatical from school to be Miss Kentucky 2013. Most people don’t realize it but Miss Kentucky is a full-time job with the Department of Agriculture. This year, in addition to promoting my personal platform, “Improving the Lives of Special Needs Children,” I will be working to promote the “Kentucky Proud” campaign, which encourages Kentuckians to be healthy and buy locally.

How and when I was introduced to Thoroughbred racing: I grew up in Louisville, Ky., so I am no stranger to horse racing. I remember going to Churchill Downs at a young age, and now that I am a college student in Lexington, I enjoy going to Keeneland with my friends.

My favorite racetrack: Impossible to choose between Churchill and Keeneland. They are radically different but both very special to me.

My favorite Thoroughbred racing event: the Kentucky Oaks!

Other sports/teams I follow: UK Wildcats! 

What I would like to see more of in Thoroughbred racing: I’d like to see more young people involved in the events. It’s so much fun, and I think every young person needs to experience a classy day at the races. 

Three words that define what Thoroughbred Racing means to me: heritage, tradition, elegance

First Thoroughbred track I ever attended was: Churchill Downs

Favorite all-time Thoroughbred: Mine That Bird 

My favorite jockey: Pat Day

My philosophy on life: Love God, love life, love others, and love yourself. And realize that it’s ultimately not about you.  

Favorite quote or motto: “These things remain, faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 

Favorite animal other than a horse: elephant

Favorite food: Lima beans and my grandma’s flowered bacon!

Favorite vacation spot: Disney World

Favorite city: Rome, Italy

Favorite Musician/band: Dean Martin 

Favorite all-time movie(s): The Last Castle 

Favorite TV Show: "Pretty Little Liars"

Favorite hotel: Opryland Hotel in Nashville 

Websites I visit daily: Facebook and Twitter 

What I drive: A new Lexus that Lexus of Lexington donated to me for my Miss Kentucky year!

Pet Peeve: bad drivers – haha

Favorite movie about horse racing: Sahara

Which actor would play me in a movie: Anne Hathaway

Alma Mater: University of Kentucky

Best book I recently read: currently reading "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini and "Love Does" by Bob Goff

What I like about my job: I get to meet some truly incredible people every day, and I feel like I can really make a difference.

Favorite Tech gadget: iPhone

Twitter Handle: @jennanday

No. 1 Bucket-List item: Travel … a lot!

MISS KENTUCKY TALKS HORSE RACING

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From Tony: "I live in Tampa, Fla., but was at Saratoga this past weekend for the big races. I shot this picture of Princess of Sylmar as she ran by our seats." Want in? E-mail a .jpg and brief cation to photos@ntra.com

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