PariBet LLC, an advanced deposit wagering service, is again partnering with Rillito Park Racetrack to sponsor students in the University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) who work at the racetrack during its 2018 winter meet.
The sponsorship, the PariBet Racetrack Industry Student Experience (PRISE), was created by Mike Weiss, general manager of Rillito Park and president of PariBet, as an opportunity for students who want to work in the racing industry to learn about and work in racetrack operations while attending the RTIP.
“Rillito Park provides the perfect environment for college students to gain hands-on experience in roles that are vital to racetrack operations,” said Weiss. “Through PRISE, students will be able to work in paid positions ranging from entry clerk to photo finish operator and gain insight into what roles they may want to take on in the racing industry upon graduation.”
The list of jobs that will be filled by student employees this winter includes but is not limited to entry clerk, photo finish operator, track handicapper, assistant clocker, chart caller, and social media manager.
The 2018 winter meet marks the fourth racing season in which Rillito Park will be hiring students from the Race Track Industry Program.
This might be Jade Eisenzimmer's first year working at Rillito, but it's not her first experience with a racetrack. Over the summer of 2017, she spent three months at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., delving into what makes a racetrack tick during an RTIP internship. In the morning she took entries; in the afternoon she could be found in the paddock working as the horse identifier or paddock judge and every Friday she was up in the booth as a placing judge.
At Rillito, Eisenzimmer is the social media director, and considering she previously earned an information technology degree, this position is practically second nature to her. She manages all facets of Rillito's social image from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. She spends racing days bouncing around the track, looking for the best angle to get the perfect shot and always has her ear to the ground to get a good story on any racing connection.
“Working under general manager Mike Weiss, and assistant manager Scott Little is great,” said Eisenzimmer. “If I have an idea or problem, they're so willing to listen and help me out. I really feel like I'm part of a team.”
Jade's experience also includes a week working for Breeder's Cup at Del Mar where she and fellow students were assigned as horsemen's liaisons.
“Mike Weiss assisted in setting that up for us, it was an amazing experience and I'm so thankful for that opportunity,” Eisenzimmer said.
Eisenzimmer grew up around horses in her home state of North Dakota, spending any time she could in the saddle. When she was 12 years old, a nearly black horse ran away with the Kentucky Derby and right into her heart.
“War Emblem really gets the credit for getting me into horse racing. I fell in love and never looked back,” she said. Eisenzimmer finally got the chance to meet her equine love this past summer when she visited Old Friends, and in turn, War Emblem.
“I cried. It sounds silly, but that horse means so much to me.”
Eisenzimmer graduates from the Race Track Industry Program in December and plans to head straight to Kentucky to completely immerse herself in the heart of the Bluegrass.
To learn more about the Race Track Industry Program, visit ua-rtip.org.
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