Democrat Photo by Rob Potter
YOUR FINAL ANSWER?: Lyndsey Chester of
Monticello answers a question posed to her by
emcee/sponsor Larry Roman at Sundays Ms.
Monticello Raceway Beauty Pageant.
Monticello Contest a Big Draw
By Rob Potter
MONTICELLO July 18, 2000 With more
contestants and more money up for grabs, the Ms.
Monticello Raceway Beauty Pageant returned Sunday
afternoon to the track nicknamed The Mighty
A total of 42 lovely ladies participated in the
preliminary round of the pageant, which is sponsored by
Larry Roman and offers over $25,000 in prize money. Last
years event featured 16 contestants and just over
$1000 in cash and prizes.
Last year, we had a number of beautiful ladies
competing, Roman said. But I thought
lets do it bigger and better this year. And
lets keep making the pageant bigger and better
every year so we can encourage more and more people to
come out to Monticello Raceway.
Under the watchful eyes of the four judges horse
racing handicapper Barry Didinsky, Sullivan County
Democrat reporter John Emerson, City of Newburgh Housing
Commissioner John Giudice and 1999 Ms. Monticello Raceway
Martina Jacova and scores of family members,
friends and race fans, the 42 contestants competed first
in swimsuits and then evening gowns.
Roman, who in addition to sponsoring the pageant also
served as the afternoons emcee, asked several of
the contestants if they thought having a great deal of
money or possessing good looks was the more important
quality in a man. The majority chose money, noting that a
wealthy man could pay for plastic surgery to give him
At the end of the afternoon, the number of ladies still
eligible for the top prize was reduced as the finalists
were chosen. Originally, only 10 finalists were supposed
to be selected, but a three-way tie for tenth place meant
that 12 ladies will move on to next weeks finals.
The finalists will return to Monticello Raceway on
Sunday, July 23. That days activities will also
include the Little Miss Monticello Raceway pageant and
the Ugly Driver contest.
The winners of the Ugly Driver contest and Little Miss
contest each will receive $1,000. The woman chosen as the
2000 Ms. Monticello Raceway will walk away with $25,000
cash. The runner-up will receive $2,500 and the lady who
captures third place will earn $1,000.
Although 13 Sullivan County women entered the
competition, none of them were among the 12 finalists
chosen. The finalists, listed in alphabetical order are:
Danene Bazon, Kassandra DeMondo, Deborah Fenker, Taemee
Feuer, Maria Golodner, Andrea Grastataro, Marianna
Kramamkova, Jessica Kronenberg, Jodi Pruttis, Ariella
Riposta, Natalie Romachova and Erin Walsh.
While the finalists, and many of the other contestants,
had their own vociferous group of fans, Roman encouraged
those same vocal supporters to return this Sunday. He
noted that the finals, which will feature a fifth judge
Ken Walters, an assistant editor of the racing
forum Sportseye will include audience
participation. Once the five judges have narrowed the
dozen finalists to only two ladies, they will not vote
for the winner. Instead, the 2000 Ms. Monticello Raceway
crown will be presented to the woman who garners more
applause and reaction from the audience.
The finals will begin at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, with the
first race set for 1 p.m.