About me and contact information

Tie Break and I desktopI was in kindergarten the first time I went to the track, to see one of my parents’ horses run at Saratoga Harness; a trip to the flats came later, after we moved to Saratoga in 1978.

I started Brooklyn Backstretch in 2007, interrupting a teaching career; what began as a hobby has merged with my life in education to become a second opportunity to do what I love. The educator in me teaches high school English in Brooklyn; the writer in me contributes to Forbes.com, New York Breeder, Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred, The Blood-Horse, The Racing Biz, Hello Race Fans!, Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, and The Saratogian.  My work has also appeared in Daily Racing Form, Thoroughbred Times, and USA Today, and at Belmont Stakes.com and The Rail at the New York Times.

Other appearances: The Track at Saratoga: America’s Grandest Race Course and Only A Game radio.

Memberships and affiliations:  the board of directors for the Belmont Child Care Association, the nominating and voting committees for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, the historical committee for the Saratoga 150 celebration.

That guy in the photo? That’s Tie Break, a horse to which I developed an unreasonable affection in 2005 when he raced at Aqueduct. He now lives at Akindale Farm in Pawling, New York, a rescue and retirement facility for which I volunteer.

I’m a Brooklyn dweller and an erstwhile and occasional resident of Saratoga Springs, New York. When not teaching or writing, I’m watching the Rangers at the Garden, playing Scrabble, or rescuing cats.

Contact:  teresa@brooklynbackstretch.com. You can also find on Twitter and Facebook.

23 thoughts on “About me and contact information

  1. Teresa,
    What a cool website!! I am a 3 chimmneys fan club member, ex racehorse owner and breeder and proud to still have some of my retires at my small farm in Texas. I’m still obsessed with the sport for the same reason “Romey” fell in love with it. I love ALL animals too.
    I bookmarked your sight so I can check it out and learn and enjoy when I can. Thanks for having it.

    Jarrod Goldberg
    Houston Texas

  2. Great stuff on D. D. Withers. I don’t know when the racing bug bit you, but my bite was the 1968 Belmont Stakes, and has continued ever since. Great to see someone write about racing the way it used to be covered.

    You probably don’t remember Joe Nichols in the NYT, but at the end of the writeup on Saturday’s stakes race Joe would always give a capsule history of how the race came to be named what it was; a shorter version of your Withers story.

    Thus, I learned the Dwyer was named for a pair of Brooklyn brothers who were butchers. On and on. The program also used to list past stakes winners as well, but that’s gone.

    Check the blog Onofframp now and then. I sometimes work in a racing post. Like the recent $2.6 million score on ‘Luck.’

    Will be reading you as well.


    • Thanks, John. Researching history pieces like this, I’ve read a lot of Nichols, and he’s great. If you check the “racing history” tag at the bottom of the post, you’ll find a lot of posts like this one–what a treat it is to go trawling through racing history, and I’ll definitely check out that blog. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  3. Teresa,
    Curious as to what you think of my theory that the Times article from this past Sunday and any that follow as an installment are being instigated at the behest of the Cuomo administration. The letter he wrote to NYRA in the aftermath of the terrible breakdown rate during the inner dirt season made in fairly plain that this was about dollars and cents. The series by the Times seems to me to be a convenient way to convince an all too willing public that slots subsidies for the industry are not only wasteful, but immoral as well. Taking an anti-racing stance hasn’t cost Chris Christie one voter, and the movement is now gaining traction in Ontario also…

  4. Very nice and informative website. I appreciate how much effort and energy goes into keeping a “site” current and interesting.
    Good work – Frank, Rvhd. N.Y.

  5. Question re Rick Dutrow. I understand the NY Court of Appeals refused to hear his appeal so why is he still allowed to train? Thans

  6. Hi Teresa!
    I am friends with Dorothy here in Naples. I hope we can meet when you are down this way. Love your blog – fabulous job. I am a HUGE racing fan…love seeing your insights.

  7. Hi Teresa-
    I’m an antique photography collector and dealer and now and then I mine my early NYC photo collection and prepare an article on some aspect of NYC history for publication in a magazine called “Stereo World.” This magazine is a publication of the National Stereoscopic Association (NSA), a not-for-profit organization of individuals interested in stereoscopic photography. I have a number of stereoviews of Jerome Park and would like to prepare a small article on the topic such as the one you published here and illustrate it with the 10 of so stereoviews I have. If you’d be interested in doing this together please write to my email and let me know. Hope to hear from you.
    best, jk

  8. Hi Teresa:
    First visit.
    A very well-put-together and interesting blog, informative.
    Living on the west coast of Canada I’m more ‘in tune’ with California racing but I certainly like to check in with NY racing and this seems to be the site to get all the info.
    Like most people I’m sure, I enjoy the ‘human interest’ takes.
    You obviously put a lot of time & effort into this and a job well done!
    I’ll be back.

    Ron Logan

    Vancouver BC

  9. Hi Teresa:
    If you do get an opportunity to visit our very beautiful little bullring, I’d recommend letting the track know ‘when’. and your connections to the industry. I’m confident you would get a very sincere welcome.
    GM Raj Mutti is doing great work, getting the younger folks interested in the game. (not too many guys walking around puffing on stogies anymore. Being older, have to admit I miss that)
    Of course, Mario Gutierrez coming from Hastings didn’t hurt :~)
    Hope you get out here at some point.
    All the best

  10. What a fabulous job of writing, intriguing stories and creating a terrific blog. Great performance in all your pursuits, and a woman of integrity!

  11. Hi Teresa,
    I’ve been following Ea, the 9-yr. old gelding with almost 600K in lifetime earnings. He’s entered at Laurel Park tomorrow in a bottom-level $4500 claiming race. He deserves better than this, and really should be retired.
    I know it’s a very long shot at best, but if you hear of any retirement group that would be willing to express some interest in him, that would be wonderful. I know I don’t have all the information I should about him, but he’s been off-form lately, which at his age raises some red flags.
    Thank you, Teresa

  12. Thanks for letting me know, Andrea. I’m on the road for much of today, but will see if there’s anything I can find out. You never know —


  13. Thanks Ms. Genaro! I’m going to be visiting your website often now throughout the year. I’m a Canadian, both my husband have been working with standardbreds for decades up here in Toronto, but are huge thoroughbred race fans. We’ve been to Keenland, Churchill Downs, The Big M. (alot) Gulfstream Park, Calder, and of course our very own Woodbine and the magnificent albeit declining Fort Erie. Also spend 3 glorious days at my husband’s all time fave Saratoga every year. Santa Anita and Del Mar are on our bucket list, and we were happy to have been able to go to Hihalea the last season before it closed. (What a shame!) Seventh race stretch and flying flamingos, what more could you want!
    I found your website by accident while looking up recent info on my all time fave trainer Nick Zito.
    I’m also a huge crazy cat lover, so what a treat to find your website.
    Keep those articles and pictures comming in 2014. I’ve got you bookmarked on my desktop.
    Respectfully yours, Charice

  14. NYRA just hired Lynn LaRocca as Chief Experience Officer (CXO). I want her to succeed both for herself and for NYRA racing fans. In your opinion, what makes a GREAT racetrack experience and what’s needed at NYRA tracks?


    • Hi, Edward–

      I wrote today about LaRocca’s hiring. Great question — lot of ways to answer the question, but I think a decent place to hang out, with decent food and drink at reasonable prices and lots of TVs, is a must.

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