backstretch employee service team

Memorial For Trainer Rick Violette To Be Held Nov. 26 At Belmont Cafe

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will host a memorial for Rick Violette Jr. from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, at the Belmont Café at Belmont Park. Rick, the long-time president of NYTHA, passed away last month. We welcome everyone, from the backstretch and the frontside, to attend this celebration of Rick’s life. Donations […]

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‘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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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B.E.S.T. To Distribute Shoes To Backstretch Workers With Diabetes

Racetrack workers with diabetes will be getting new , free, top-of the line work shoes from B.E.S.T. a non-profit devoted to improving the physical health and social well-being of barn area workers on New York’s major racetracks; Aqueduct, Belmont, and Saratoga. The inauguration of this shoe distribution campaign will be held at the B.E.S.T. Backstretch […]

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Stonestreet Pledges Ten Percent of Graded Earnings to Backstretch Charities

Beginning January 1st 2015 and continuing throughout the year, Stonestreet Stables will donate 10 percent of all Graded Stakes income earned. “Horse racing has given me so many thrilling moments and brought so much joy to my family” says Barbara Banke, “we thought it would be a good way to give back to the people […]

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Backstretch Workers Get Saratoga’s B.E.S.T.

When Saratoga Race Course opens its barns in April, the horses show up with shipments of hay and feed, and trunks full of equipment and blankets. The people who take care of them are not always so fortunate. Nancy Underwood, Saratoga program director for the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.) says that every year, there […]

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NYRA, Jockey Club announce Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration

The New York Racing Association Inc. (NYRA) and The Jockey Club announced today that the Belmont Stakes Charity Celebration, benefitting the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Backstretch Employee Service Team (B.E.S.T.), will be held at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City on Thursday, June 7, 2012. Founded in 2004 by Shelley […]

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