Bluegrass Community and Technical College and North American Racing Academy (BCTC-NARA) graduate Natalie Turner has been selected to compete in the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars race – an international apprentice jockey race to be held on Sunday June 15th at the historic Chantilly racecourse in France.
The 1800 meter (1-1/8 miles) race for graduates of racing schools from around the world will take place during one of the most prestigious dates on the European racing calendar – when the 165th running of the Classic Prix de Diane Longines (the French Oaks) will be contested. This year’s Future Racing Stars race will feature 11 young, talented apprentice jockeys from 8 countries including: Great Britain, France, Japan, Germany, Ireland, South Africa, Turkey and the United States. They will meet at the historic Chantilly racecourse in front of an audience of 40,000 spectators hoping to gain victory and claim the winner’s trophy.
The Hippodrome de Chantilly is the oldest racecourse in France and one of the most picturesque in the world. Since the 1830s, racing fans from around the world have made annual pilgrimages to the hallowed grounds of Chantilly which lies some 25 miles north of Paris on the grounds of the Château de Chantilly and boasts one of the most spectacular backdrops in racing – the Grandes Écuries.
Turner, an apprentice jockey who began her riding career in 2011, is currently riding at Lone Star Park in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area. The 24 year-old Ohio native has a career record of 475 rides, 24 wins, 36 seconds and 49 thirds. Her mounts have earned nearly $350,000.
Said Turner, "This is the thrill of a lifetime. To be selected to represent both BCTC-NARA and the US for this race is such an honor and I hope I can deliver a win! My sincere thanks go out to the race organizers and Longines for organizing this wonderful event.”
BCTC President Dr. Augusta Julian added, “Natalie is a great example of the quality of riders educated at NARA. We are proud of their success and appreciate the support of Longines, France Galop and our hosts at the National French Racing School which has allowed NARA graduates to complete in this prestigious race.”