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November 14, 2012

NYTHA Says Thanks To Backstretch Workers

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association today unveiled a new program to subsidize lunch for the grooms and hotwalkers looking after the runners on race days at Aqueduct this winter. Each groom and hotwalker will receive a $5 voucher that can be used at the track kitchen or at the food truck on the day of the race.
 
"Without the grooms and hotwalkers, we couldn't put on the show," NYTHA President Rick Violette Jr. said. "They are the ones caring for the horses before and after the races, and, when they are running horses at Aqueduct over the winter, they are braving the cold to get the job done. We truly appreciate their hard work under often difficult conditions, and we wanted to do a little something to say thank you."
 
The grooms and hotwalkers shipping from Belmont Park will receive their vouchers when they check in with security at the receiving barn; backstretch workers running horses stabled at Aqueduct will also be eligible for the program. The vouchers are non-transferable, and are good only for the day of the race. The program is estimated to cost approximately $75,000.

 
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