NYRA marks start of construction for backstretch healthcare clinic

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SARATOGA – Thursday is opening day at Saratoga Race Course.

A ceremonial event was held Wednesday morning to celebrate construction of a new backstretch healthcare clinic.

The new backstretch clinic will provide members of the backstretch community – the workers who are responsible for taking care of the horses – with more comprehensive healthcare. It includes on-site counseling and primary care services.

The clinic will feature a large waiting area, four examination rooms and a lab for blood work.

The clinic is set to open next spring.