Backstretch Appreciation Day - September 19, 1-4pm

The MTHA will celebrate the unsung heroes of the state’s racing industry during its annual Backstretch Appreciation Day, which will be held Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The event, scheduled for 1-4 p.m., will be held under a tent on the racetrack apron at Laurel Park, which was the case last year.


The MTHA recognizes not only the hands-on care and attention backstretch workers provide racehorses on a daily basis, but also the unusual hours such jobs require. Family is a very important part of that equation, and the MTHA encourages workers to invite their family members for an afternoon of food, games, and cash giveaways.
The Maryland Jockey Club last year began offering cash prizes to Backstretch Appreciation Day attendees and will do so again this year. Plans call for $2,500 in cash to be awarded along with various door prizes.

Similar to last year, Russell Clark Catering will prepare an all-you-can-eat barbecue featuring chicken, pit beef and ham, as well as a variety of salads and side dishes and non-alcoholic beverages. The MTHA again has arranged for a DJ from Carlyle Entertainment to provide the sounds for the afternoon party.

If you’re looking for a little exercise other than dancing, adults and children will be welcome to play horseshoes, cornhole and other games.The Board and staff of the MTHA encourages all to attend to celebrate the work and dedication of those who work with our equine athletes on a daily basis throughout the year.

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