FRANKLIN, Ky. (Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019) — Ann Chaloux of Livonia, Mich., and Jim Reams of Somerset, Ky., are the grand prize winners of Kentucky Downs’ #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest, earning a VIP trip to America’s most unique race meet.
Joining them will be Kim Mosier, whom the track is honoring as a special Kentucky Downs Ambassador in recognition of her original and enthusiastic postings for the two years the contest was held.
The #LiveAtKyDowns Post Time Contest, which ran throughout July, asked participants to tweet why they wanted to come to Kentucky Downs for the first time or why they wanted to return. Entries had to be tagged with #LiveAtKyDowns and @KyDownsRacing. Judging was based on creativity and passion, with the winners selected by Kentucky Downs’ marketing team and last year’s winners, Tom Pinkowski of Mount Sterling, Ky., and Dennis Poppe of Seattle.
The contest featured a grand prize winner to benefit the track’s regional market and one for someone living more than 200 miles away, targeting the national simulcast market.
Chaloux (@ChalouxAnn on Twitter) and Reams (@TommynEmmasBoy) pushed in their posts to win not for themselves but so they could bring a loved one.
Chaloux in last year’s inaugural contest launched #DadsBucketListTrip to bring to Kentucky Downs for the first time the person who introduced her to horse racing. Reams, who like Mosier was an honorable mention last year, once again pushed getting a trip on behalf of his 10-year-old handicapping-crazy daughter, Emery Kate.
“We were looking at Jim’s tweets and there was a picture of his daughter sitting at the table with the racing form in front of her and I said, ‘Dad, look. This was us 30 years ago!’” Chaloux said. “I am so excited. Everybody has something special with a parent, and this is our thing.”
Among Chaloux’s tweets: “I was picking trifectas before I was 10. I wanted to name my pets Ferdinand & Alysheba. I was the only one in 5th grade who could spell simulcast.”
Also: “Yesterday, I was promoted to a salaried management position. The first thing out of my mouth... Can I still have 9/5 to 9/8 off? #priorities"
Chaloux, who lives in suburban Detroit and is the mother of teenagers Daniel and Lana, grew up attending the races at the now-closed Detroit Race Course with her dad and granddad. She is a merchandising supervisor at Costco Wholesale, which coincidentally was built on the corner where the racetrack had been. Her dad, 67-year-old Mike McCormick, retired in 2016 and they began visiting racetracks, including Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby, Belmont Park for the Belmont Stakes and Keeneland for opening weekend.
“This is so special as my Dad always takes me and this time I can take him,” said Chaloux, who wrote lots of poems and frequently used the hashtag #KentuckyDownsdreamin.
Reams is a counselor covering 45 counties in Eastern Kentucky with the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center, which helps small businesses earn government contracts.
“For somebody who talks all the time, I’m speechless,” he said when told he’d won. “The best thing is I get to bring my daughter and I get to bring my girlfriend and her daughter. Emery Kate and her daughter have the same birthday, Sept. 10, so this will be like a birthday blowout. I told Emery Kate (they’d won), and I had to get a shovel to pick her chin up off the ground.”
Reams’ contest entries included hashtags such as #cappinkid, #takeakidtothetrack and #teachingmathandriskassessment. One tweet said, “Emery Kate asked me just last week if we were going back to @KYDownsRacing. ‘Daddy...we HAVE to go back, I have a new dress I want to wear!' #HappyDaughterHappyLife"
Mosier (@KimberlyMoier), of Muncie, Ind., is a hairdresser and works weekends as a beverage server at Hoosier Park. Her long love affair with horse racing started when her husband, Jay, took her to Latonia (now Turfway Park) on their second date.
Mosier started using the #MagicHappensHere tag for her Kentucky Downs posts and made clever use of memes, gifs and rhymes. She is known for the elaborate flower-laden hats she creates for big horse races, including one last year emblazoned with #LiveAtKyDowns in sparkling gold.
“I’m looking forward to seeing friends again,” said Mosier, who visited Kentucky Downs for the first time last year. “We’d talked about coming regardless. We really did enjoy it. It’s such a unique track, just love the feel of it. There’s a different feeling to Kentucky Downs than other tracks.”
Chaloux, Reams and Mosier will be Kentucky Downs’ guests on Sept. 7 and 8. As national winner, Chaloux receives airfare up to $1,000, hotel room and a $500 betting voucher. As regional winner, Reams gets a $1,000 betting voucher and hotel room. Mosier will receive a $500 betting voucher. In addition, the TVG horseracing network and online betting platform is giving Chaloux and Reams a $250 credit in their TVG betting accounts and Mosier a $100 credit.
“We look forward to Ann, Jim and Kim joining us,” said John Wholihan, Kentucky Downs director of marketing. “The passion they have for Kentucky Downs — whether they’ve seen it in person, as with Jim and Kim, or wanting to experience for the first time, as with Ann and her dad — came through in their tweets. We received lots of unique contest entries from across the country and thank everyone for participating. We hope to see many of our contestants at Kentucky Downs this meet. You don’t need to win a contest to discover how, as Kim’s hashtag said, magic happens here.”