backstretch workers

Kirkpatrick & Co Presents In Their Care: McFarlane’s Loyalty To The Jerkens Family Runs Deep

Junior McFarlane wanted to work at the racetrack so badly that he was willing to say pretty much anything to gain an opportunity in the early 1990’s. After handling a series of odd jobs that did not amount to much, the avid racegoer decided his best hope was to seek an interview with Allen Jerkens. […]

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NYRA Launches Belmont/Saratoga Tough Initiative To Support Backstretch Workers

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced a new charitable initiative designed to raise funds for the NYRA backstretch community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fans can support the effort by purchasing new t-shirts emblazoned with the inspirational messages “Belmont Tough” and “Saratoga Tough.” The t-shirts emphasize the strength and commitment of the men […]

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Maryland Horsemen To Offer Webinar On Backstretch Pension Program

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will offer an educational webinar on Tuesday, May 12, to explain procedures necessary to sign up for the Maryland Backstretch Pension Program this year. The webinar will be held from 2-3 p.m. To register, click here. Virtual sign-ups are necessary this year because of ongoing physical-distancing requirements issued by state government […]

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Keeneland Announces New Initiative To Provide Meals, Groceries To Stable Workers

Keeneland today announced Nourish the Backstretch, powered by Keeneland, Nourish Lexington and Blue Grass Farms Charities (BGFC), which will provide weekly meals and groceries to stable area workers at Keeneland and The Thoroughbred Center (TTC). More than 500 people are employed by trainers to care for horses at the two locations. Proceeds from wagers placed […]

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United Way Of Long Island Donating $30,000 In Gift Cards To Backstretch Workers At Belmont

Backstretch workers at Belmont Park will soon receive some welcome relief in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the form of $50 gift cards donated by United Way of Long Island. The cards, which total more than $30,000 in value, will be distributed to all backstretch workers by members of the Backstretch Employee Service […]

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New York Race Track Chaplaincy Launches Fundraiser For Mothers On The Backstretch

The New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America (NYRTCA) is asking for support to make this Mother’s Day a special one by delivering ‘Baskets of Blessings’ to those ladies living and working on the backstretch at Belmont Park and the surrounding community. A donation of $100 will fund a special basket which will be lovingly prepared and […]

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Report: Two Workers At Turfway Park Test Positive For COVID-19

Two workers at Turfway Park tested positive for COVID-19 sometime in April, according to a report from The Blood-Horse. Neither person was identified in the report, but one was a backstretch worker and another was a track employee who did not work on the backstretch. Tonya Abeln, vice president of corporate communications for Churchill Downs […]

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Thirteen Entries, All Triple Crown Winners: Churchill To Hold First Virtual Horse Race May 2

Churchill Downs announced today plans to celebrate the first Saturday in May, the traditional date of the annual Kentucky Derby, by hosting a day-long at-home Kentucky Derby party to raise $2 million for COVID-19 emergency relief efforts. Though the 146th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve was postponed until Sept. 5 this year due to public […]

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Stronach Makes Plea For L.A. Racing To Return Without Fans

Editor’s note: The following open letter from Belinda Stronach, chairman and president of The Stronach Group, was distributed to racing media and was also run in the Los Angeles Times this week. On March 12, a full week before any stay-at-home orders were issued, Santa Anita Park voluntarily closed to the public for the protection […]

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