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Backstretch News

On May 12, the HBPA hosted an eyeglass clinic provided by WV University Eye Research Institute of Morgantown, WV. There were 63 horsemen including owners, trainers, exercise riders, grooms and hot walkers seen by the doctors, as well as members of the public. They were provided with eye exams, eyeglasses and new prescriptions where necessary. The Charles Town Assistance Fund sponsored the clinic.
 
The Shenandoah Health clinic has been conducting free blood pressure/sugar and flu shot clinics throughout the year. The clinics are held in the track kitchen and are sponsored by The Charles Town Race Track Chaplaincy. The nurses operating the clinic are bilingual. Please check with the Chaplaincy office for future dates.
 
The HBPA sponsored and hosted a free flu shot clinic in the office on October 27. There were 60 horsemen in attendance to receive their shots.
 
A Big Thank You goes out to Darlene Hostler for hosting the annual Thanksgiving Dinner for the backstretch in the track kitchen. Traditional Thanksgiving fare was served to 87 members of our backstretch and their families. The dinner was made possible by the CTHBPA.
 
PNGI did a fabulous job refurbishing and remodeling the backstretch bathrooms. They spent $80,000 of the Capital Improvement Fund to do a complete and much needed makeover of the facilities. We would ask that all please respect and keep them neat and clean.

This year’s Chaplain’s Children’s Christmas Party took place on December 19th.  Activities included meeting Santa Claus, games, piñatas, a reading of The Christmas Story, a pizza party and the giving out of over 120 gifts to the children. The party was sponsored by the CT Race Track Chaplaincy and supported by the Charles Town Assistance Fund.

Horse racing is hot topic at Jefferson County Chamber’s legislative forum

The future of horse racing was a popular topic during the Jefferson County Chamber's legislative forum. Del. Paul  Espinosa expressed his overwhelming support for the industry, saying his family has had ties to racing for many years.

The threat to the industry derives from a decrease in purse funds. According to the legislators, horse racing is a driving economic force in Jefferson County and it employs 14 percent of the county's workforce.

Upson spoke about her hopes to return money to the industry and Skinner agreed, but said it would be difficult due to the legislators "already having their hands in the pot." He said he will try to stand to stop the devastation to the industry from going any further.

Snyder voiced his frustration about recent developments pertaining to horse racing in West Virginia.

"Clearly what has already happened is serious, serious damage," said Snyder. "Why would anyone want to come here and buy a farm, much less put down millions of dollars for a breeding operation, and now some who are in that business want to leave or already are leaving, because of uncertainty at the hands of the West Viriginia Legislature.

"This wasn't created by national or international forces. This is at the hands and the actions of the legislature. Obviously you can see I care about that, because it's wrong. What they are doing to this industry and to Jefferson County is just dead wrong."

Snyder encouraged everyone in the audience to stand with him in fighting to protect the horse racing industry and its impact on Jefferson County.

(View the full article from the Journal here)
 
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