Notes from the backstretch

The Blood-Horse recently reported that a $40,000 grant from the Alfred Z. Solomon Trust will make it possible for Backstretch Employees Service Team (BEST), based at Belmont, to offer dental care to backstretch workers at Saratoga this summer. While BEST has for the past three years provided medical care, this is the first time that…

Anna House Holiday Party

I had heard a lot about, and seen photos of, the Anna House holiday party at which the children of the backstretch workers get to pick out gifts for their families, but nothing prepared me for the sight that greeted me when I showed up at my appointed hour of 12:30 on December 8th. The…

Parties and Evening Attire

It’s a little weird to be going to a racetrack and not to the races, but for the second weekend in a row, that’s what I’m doing. Today is the Anna House holiday party, at which the children of the backstretch workers can pick out donated presents to give to their families. The parents wait…

The year in review…sort of

The front page of the NYRA website today has a story on the upcoming Anna House holiday party in which the children will get to choose presents to give to their families. Even better, the story is written by Jenny Kellner, who was a panelist at the women in racing panel at the benefit for…

Ways to give to the racing community

A few quick philanthropic reminders/thoughts about Sunday: If you’re in the New York area and not deterred by Sunday’s weather forecast, considering hopping the A train to the Big A to attend a fundraiser for Backstretch Employees Service Team; the theme is Women in Racing and the host is Jan Rushton. Heading to the races…

Giving, in one way or another

Is it bad and boastful beginning blogging behavior to note that my previous post was linked on Equidaily? If so…guilty as charged. That amazing little StatCounter was telling me on Sunday morning that I was getting all kinds of traffic from Equidaily, so off I trotted…and there my words were. Very exciting for this rookie…

Taking care…

…of children and horses. I wrote yesterday about the connection between Oprah Winney (who has her own website) and the Belmont Child Care Association, and I learned today that the Breeders’ Cup production crew was at Anna House recently. A segment on Anna House is scheduled to run during Friday’s coverage…so set your TiVo (as…