The New York Racing Association, Inc. ("NYRA") and The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association ("NYTHA") have each contributed funds to the Race Track Chaplaincy of New York for their Thanksgiving Boxes of Love Program. Volunteers will fill boxes with turkeys and trimmings for 200 backstretch families who live in the local community near Belmont Park. The boxes will be distributed at Belmont Park, Gate 6, on November 23rd.
In addition, the firm of Bollam, Sheedy, Torani & Co. ("BST") will once again underwrite a special Thanksgiving meal on November 24th for the grooms, hotwalkers, and exercise riders who work at Aqueduct and Belmont Park. This will mark the third year that the Albany-based firm has sponsored the feast for the Backstretch Employees Service Team ("B.E.S.T.") Meals will be coordinated under the supervision of Dennis Zoitos who runs the concesssions on the backstretch for NYRA. The meals will be served in the cafeterias at both racetracks.