Group providing care to Saratoga, Belmont backstretch workers

As Saratoga Race Course prepares to open, a special group is gearing up for more behind the scenes work.

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The Backstretch Employee Service Team of New York provides care for Saratoga and Belmont backstretch workers.

Backstretch employees are those who care for the horses and maintain the track.

Right now, the group is working with Saratoga Hospital to build a new clinic facility on site for backstretch employees.

The group offers a variety of services including medical, mental health, social services or addiction programming for the workers. They also hope to foster community and encouragement within their program.

This story comes to us from the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce.