On Friday morning, the children at Anna House got a surprise visit from New York’s new favorite, Mine That Bird’s trainer Chip Woolley. Donna Chenkin, executive director of the Belmont Child Care Association, said that Woolley sat down and played with and talked to the students, and that they quite readily crawled all over him, which he let them do with patience and amusement.
Chenkin reported that Woolley was impressed by the work being done at Anna House—“Kids and animals are what’s important,” he told her—and in a brief conversation at the Belmont media party on Friday night, he said that he’d heard about the Belmont Child Care Association from trainer Carl Domino, in whose barn Mine That Bird is stabled. “There should be one of these at every race track,” he said, acknowledging the significant cost of such an endeavor.
Anna House had some other notable visitors on Friday—more to come on them later in the week.