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Barn Work Under Way at Penn National

A backstretch improvement program has begun at Hollywood Casino at Penn National, which will spend up to $10 million over the next 10 years to build new barns, refurbish old ones, and make other barn-area upgrades.

TCA Board Approves Over $1.5 million in '07 Grants

At an annual board meeting June 2, Thoroughbred Charities of America approved grants of $1,564,400 to 149 non-profits in the charitable work of Thoroughbred Rescue, Research, Backstretch, Education and Therapeutic Riding, in 28 states.

New Health Clinic Opens for Saratoga Backstretch Workers

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The New York Racing Association, in cooperation with the Backstretch Employees Services Team, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Schenectady Family Health Services, has opened a backstretch clinic to help address the health needs of backstretch workers at Saratoga Race Course.

Housing Inspections Now Part of Licensing Process in California

California tracks will have their backstretch housing inspected if they want a license to conduct a horse racing meeting from the California Horse Racing Board. The state's racing board is nearing completion of an amendment to its license application that would require tracks to pass the inspection before the meet is approved. The new regulation is primarily due to a sweep last summer by state inspectors who found backstretch workers often live in substandard conditions.

Keeneland to Heighten Backstretch Security

Backstretch security will be heightened at the upcoming fall meeting at Keeneland, a track unique to American racing in that the stable area is open to the public and not restricted to licensed personnel and approved visitors.

The Cost of Reform

By Ray Paulick -- California Gov. Gray Davis will be doing the right thing by signing the account wagering legislation into law.

California Governor Considers Racing Bill

California Gov. Gray Davis is a pro-labor Democrat who has spoken out in opposition to the expansion of gambling in his state. That's why a bill passed in the waning hours of the 2000 California legislative session poses something of a dilemma to the first-term governor.

California Backstretch Labor Probed

Following a sweep of the stable areas of four California racetracks Wednesday, inspectors from the state labor commissioner's office and the U.S. Labor Department began pouring over records in search of violations, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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