New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America

Six People On Belmont Backstretch Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

The number of individuals who work on the Belmont backstretch and have tested positive for coronavirus has risen to six. On Mar. 19, NYRA confirmed that a backstretch employee had tested positive and, according to NYRA Communications Director Patrick McKenna, five more racetrack workers at Belmont have tested positive since that time. After the first case of the virus was found, NYRA announced that live racing at Aqueduct had been postponed indefinitely. On Wednesday, NYRA announced that live racing was suspended through at least Apr. 5. With the latest outbreak,...

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Today's Good News: B.E.S.T. Supporting NYRA's Backstretch Community

In every crisis, it's possible to find examples of kindness and generosity, of people reaching out to help total strangers out of the goodness of their heart. To focus attention on the many people in the industry who have stepped forward to help those who have been impacted by the coronavirus, the TDN has launched a series that we hope will put a smile on your face during these difficult times. We'll do our best to bring you a little bit of good news every day. The importance of the...

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Ramon Dominguez Goes to Work for New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America

Ramon Dominguez has not ridden since suffering a head injury in a 2013 spill, but he never did step away from the sport. The Hall of Fame jockey now devotes much of his time to his role as the president of the New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America, a job he took on last month. The work of the racetrack chaplains is always important but never more so than now, as the coronavirus has upended life on the racetrack for many, particularly backstretch workers. The job has thrust Dominguez...

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New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America Hosting Fundraiser

The New York Race Track Chaplaincy of America has launched a fundraiser in support of backstretch workers to help during the challenging circumstances relative to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The chaplaincy is looking to bolster its food pantry and welcomes any financial contribution. For those who wish to donate food, non-perishable items that are microwaveable are welcome. Drop-offs in Nassau County will also welcome perishable items in individual sizes, including fresh fruits.   Donations can be made online at For more information on how to ship a donation or for...

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