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 .


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