After Funding Boost, Services Restored To Saratoga Backstretch Workers

by | 05.11.2018 | 5:31pm

Following a story by WAMC earlier this week that the Backstretch Employee Service Team (BEST) had experienced a cut in its funding for 2018, the radio station reports the organization has gotten a boost in funds.

WAMC had noted a clinic on the backstretch had been closed since the track opened for training last month, limiting medical services available to barn staff working there, particularly those without a mode of transportation off the track property. The limited hours were reportedly due to a cut in funding.

BEST executive director Paul Ruchames told the radio station the clinic is set to reopen May 22 after “significant donations” from the New York Racing Association and NYRA board member Michael Dubb.

NYRA's 2018 budget for BEST had included a $200,000 reduction from 2017. The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NYTHA) also supports BEST and plans to increase its budget for the organization in 2018. NYRA CEO and President Chris Kay had said in late April NYRA planned on reducing funding to BEST because it had historically paid more into the program than NYTHA.

Read more at WAMC

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