- Published: Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:37
Trainers at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course are encouraged to submit nominations for the MTHA Backstretch Employees of the Year for 2017.
The MTHA, as it has in previous years, will recognize one backstretch employee at each racetrack based on the nominations. The awards will be presented in early 2018 at a special event that is in the planning stages.
The deadline to submit nominations is Nov. 15.
“Our backstretch workers are very important to our industry,” said Bobby Lillis, MTHA Benevolence Administrator. “They arrive at the track in the darkest hours of the morning and are doing jobs that any nine-to-fiver just couldn’t comprehend. They feed a barn full of horses, scoop manure from stalls, and lift hay, straw and water. The groom bathes them when they get back from the track—all before the rest of the world wakes up.
“They are very dedicated and spend most of the day making sure the horses are well taken care of. They always put the needs of the horse before their own. They know the personalities of their horses and every blemish on every inch of their bodies. The best feeling these workers experience is taking a horse in their care on race day and watching it come down the stretch to win or at least place well.
“They are indeed the force that makes it all happen, and we could not be here without them. We very much appreciate them.”