backstretch workers

Fashionable Fillies Head To Santa Anita For Luncheon To Benefit Backstretch Workers

The Fashionable Fillies Luncheon will go west for the first time this year, landing on March 8, 2020, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation announced today. The traditional summer luncheon will again be held in Saratoga Springs, with both events benefiting the foundation. Hosted in Santa Anita’s Chandelier […]

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Santa Anita Plans Christmas Eve Feast For Backstretch Workers And Their Families

Approximately 350 backstretch workers and their families will be treated to a traditional Christmas Eve feast in Santa Anita’s Stable Area Cafeteria on Tuesday from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “This is a switch from previous years, when we have served the meal on Christmas morning,” said Santa Anita Director of Community Services and Special […]

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H-2B Visa Program Relief Expected To Be Signed Into Law

Horse trainers who utilize the H-2B guest worker visa program to fill various backstretch positions are expected to have increased access to H-2B visas as a result of language included in the 2020 spending bill passed by Congress this week and expected to be signed by the President today. The bill gives the Secretary of […]

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Florida HBPA And Gulfstream Host Holiday Parties For Backstretch Families

The Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (FHBPA) and Gulfstream Park played host to holiday parties at Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows earlier this week, providing food and toys to more than 650 families. Workers at Gulfstream were invited to a holiday party on Monday while Palm Meadows workers were celebrated Tuesday. Along with dinner […]

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Colonial Downs Announces Pay Increases; Track Will Double Virginia’s Minimum Wage

Colonial Downs Group announced today that it will increase the minimum wage at all company facilities statewide to $15 per hour, an amount double the current state minimum wage, starting in January. This impacts employees at Rosie’s historical horse racing satellite wagering facilities in Richmond, Hampton, Vinton and New Kent County, and all future facilities […]

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Maryland Jockey Club Creates Social Media Campaign Celebrating ‘Backstretch Heroes’

While the spotlight regularly shines on the horses and horsemen that bring national and international attention to Maryland’s Thoroughbred industry, the Maryland Jockey Club has launched a campaign to recognize the people whose passion and work behind the scenes play a large part in that success. Created by administrative manager Erin McElwee, “Backstretch Heroes” is […]

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Papa Jim’s Kitchen Thankful For The Chance To Serve Tampa Backstretch Workers

As a Thoroughbred trainer from 1989-1997, Jim Tsirigotis gained an appreciation for the challenges faced by backstretch workers on the racetrack. “They work their butts off,” said Tsirigotis, the proprietor of Papa Jim’s Kitchen at the south end of the barn area at Tampa Bay Downs. “A lot of them are in the barn by […]

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$1 Million In Wages Recovered On Behalf Of New York Backstretch Workers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the recovery of approximately $1 million in stolen wages, damages and penalties on behalf of nearly 350 workers following New York State Department of Labor investigations of backstretch employers at racetracks in New York State. “We have zero tolerance for wage theft and will hold accountable any employer who unlawfully […]

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Race Track Chaplaincy Of America To Raffle Commercial Mower As Fundraiser

The Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA), in partnership with the National HBPA and Equine Equipment, is pleased to announced a fundraising raffle to help the organization further its goal of serving the racing industry. The RTCA will be selling 200 raffle tickets at $50 each for a chance to win a commercial Toro or […]

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Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation Designed To Catch Industry Employees In Need

This week marked the tenth anniversary of the day that permanently changed the life of jockey Michael Straight. On Aug. 26, 2009, Straight was riding in the eighth race at Arlington Park when his mount, Im No Gentleman, clipped heels with another horse and fell, throwing Straight to the ground and causing serious head and […]

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