Race Track Waitress Celebrates Her 90th Birthday In Surprising Way

Sophie Peedell
Asbury Park PressDeanna Rubano and her grandma Sophie Peedell

Talk about work ethic. This indomitable employee is celebrating her 90th birthday by not taking the day off. Sophie Peedell, who turns 90 on September 21, will celebrate this remarkable milestone by doing what she's done for over 40 years. She will be hard at work as a waitress at Monmouth Park Race Track in Oceanport, New Jersey.

As doting granddaughter Deanna Rubano reports in the Asbury Park Press, Sophie drives to work every summer weekend to wait tables in the Lady's Secret Cafe. She has many loyal customers, some of whom she's known for more than four decades.

As for the intriguing name of Sophie's restaurant? Nope, it's not what you think. For those not in the know about horse racing, Lady's Secret was the daughter of the legendary Secretariat.

Nicknamed "The Iron Lady," Lady's Secret was the first female to win the Whitney Stakes since Gallorette in 1948. She finished her year by winning the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Her lifetime earnings equaled $3,021,325.

In 1992, Lady's Secret was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The Lady's Secret Café is named in her honor.

Racing Commentator Molly Jo Rosen, who spent a year working at the famed Monmouth Park, told AOL Jobs: "I love the Lady's Secret Cafe. It's right off the paddock - one of the prettiest saddling areas we have in the States. When you step into the cafe, you instantly get the vibe of what a racetrack is supposed to be. It's not just the horses, majestic and beautiful as they may be. It's also talented and hardworking people like Sophie who help transform a day at the track into an unforgettable experience. Sophie has seen horses in person that I can only dream about: Forty Niner, Spend a Buck, Carry Back, Majestic Light, Personal Ensign, even Lady's Secret herself."

Happy Birthday, Sophie!

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