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B.E.S.T. Seeking Additional Donations To Expand Clinic Hours For Backstretch Workers

The Backstretch Employee Service Team of New York (B.E.S.T.), which operates the B.E.S.T. Health Center located on the Belmont Park backstretch, is seeking additional donations in support of its efforts to assist the local racing community during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Donations to B.E.S.T. can be made via https://www.bestbackstretch.org/donate. B.E.S.T., which boasts a staff of […]

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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 […]

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‘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 […]

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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. […]

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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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