A crucial resource to the hardest working people at Churchill Downs

05/05/2016 11:00 AM

There are roughly 1,000 people working on the backside of Churchill Downs, but more often than not it’s only the horses, jockeys, and trainers that earn the praise form a race won. Entire teams of employees are working everyday to make sure the prized equine athletes are well fed, cleaned, and healthy in the weeks and months leading up to race day.

Taking care of stables full of horses is a job that doesn’t offer very many off days. Many Churchill Downs employees live on site, and those with families often live directly offsite the property. The employees on the backside consist of a large population of people born outside of the United States, and can regularly encounter social, financial, and language hurdles. One resource readily available for aiding Backside workers in their clearing those obstacles is the Backside Learning Center .

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.


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