A SALUTE TO THE BACKSTRETCH AND FARM ON LABOR DAY 2011

Labor Day in the United States became a federal holiday in 1894 to honor the men and women whose physical work keeps the railroads running, so to speak.

On Labor Day 2011, Horse Racing Business salutes racetrack backstretch workers and racehorse farm workers. They toil long hours around potentially dangerous horses for low wages and do it in relative obscurity. If these folks were to disappear, the racing and breeding business would grind to a halt.

While the horse racing enterprise depends on owners’ money, trainers’ expertise, and jockeys’ skills, the people who actually care for the animals are the sport’s indispensable worker bees. They care so much that most of them are working today…on Labor Day.

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