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Home For The Holidays: On the Backstretch

They say that there’s no place like home for the holidays, but when you work at the racetrack, going home—wherever that may be—isn’t always an option.  The difficulty of taking time away and of making small paychecks stretch can make this season not quite like the jolly, lavish scenes that we see splashed across televisions…

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Helping Horses, One Horse At A Time

About four years ago, an 11-year-old horse came off to the racetrack at Charles Town, his racing days done. I’d been following him for a while—six years–and the call finally came that his trainer thought he had had enough. Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue graciously agreed to take him in; a bit obstreperous, at times downright hard…

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Thanksgiving Food Drive For NY Backstretch Workers

Each year, the Racetrack Chaplaincy of New York helps bring Thanksgiving to hundreds of families on the backstretches of Belmont and Aqueduct. Families get a free turkey along with all the trimmings, and with the holiday just a few weeks away, the Chaplaincy is in high gear coordinating this initiative. Each food package includes a…