backstretch employee service team

B.E.S.T. Seeking Donations For Negative Pressure Room, A ‘Critical Cog’ In Battling Epidemic

The importance of the Backstretch Employee Service Team of New York (B.E.S.T.) is more pronounced than ever with live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack suspended until further notice due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Led by Executive Director Paul Ruchames from Cottage 28B on the Belmont Park backstretch, B.E.S.T.’s […]

Continue reading
NYRA Suspends Live Racing At Aqueduct After Backstretch Worker Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The New York Racing Association announced on Thursday that live racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, N.Y., will be suspended until further notice due to changing circumstances in the racing community relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). A backstretch worker who lives and works at Belmont Park tested positive Thursday morning for the coronavirus. Following […]

Continue reading
‘She Was A Voice For Us’: Backstretch Appreciation Program An Ongoing Reminder Of Marylou Whitney’s Legacy

Paul Ruchames, executive director of the Backstretch Employee Service Team in New York, compares the late Marylou Whitney to Johnny Appleseed. “She’s put these seeds all over that will outlive her and keep her good works going,” he said. One of her great works and one her husband, John Hendrickson, remains deeply committed to continuing […]

Continue reading
NYTHA Pledges $25,000 To Mercy House Of Saratoga In Memory Of Rick Violette

Mercy House of Saratoga, Inc., a new non-profit created to provide temporary residences for a wide range of people in need, has received a pledge of $25,000 from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA) to support and dedicate accommodations for Race Course backstretch workers, it was announced by Gordon Boyd, President of Mercy House. […]

Continue reading
‘Enthusiastic’ Chad Brown Appointed To B.E.S.T. Board

There was a time more than a decade ago when Chad Brown was an aspiring horseman who lived on the backstretch of Belmont Park during the summer months. Now, two Eclipse Awards as the nation’s outstanding trainer and 10 Breeders’ Cup victories later, Brown has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Backstretch […]

Continue reading
After Funding Boost, Services Restored To Saratoga Backstretch Workers

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, […]

Continue reading
NYTHA Distributes Over $1.7 Million To Programs That Benefit Backstretch Workers, Retired Thoroughbreds

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association distributed a total of $1,738,859 in benevolence last year for programs that benefit the backstretch workers, retired racehorses and our communities. NYTHA’s largest single expenditure is for the Backstretch Employee Service Team, which provides health care and social services to the members of the backstretch community. Last year, BEST’s […]

Continue reading
Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: ‘Power’ In Teamwork At Belmont

Extreme weather conditions in New York last week did more than force the cancellation of racing at Aqueduct; on Thursday afternoon, power to the Belmont Park backstretch was lost. Open as a training facility during the winter, Belmont’s power outage left the dorm rooms of approximately 125 stable employees without heat just as the below-freezing […]

Continue reading
Equestricon Organizers Walk The Barns To Encourage Attendance From Backstretch Workers

Organizers of Equestricon hit the Saratoga backstretch this week to encourage backstretch workers and Spanish speakers to attend the upcoming convention, which will be hosted at the Saratoga Springs City Center Aug. 14-15. The convention features two events specifically aimed at backstretch workers: a seminar from the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) detailing services available […]

Continue reading
Twitter Twitter
Paulick Report on Instagram