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June 12 Brown Bag Lunch Lecture

The backbone of the racing industry is the community of workers who work within the backstretch of thoroughbred racetracks: its trainers, assistant trainers, grooms, hot walkers, and exercise riders. Ellen McHale, Executive director of the New York Folklore society, will share some of the “stories” of this community which is present during the racing season at Saratoga Springs. Based upon field research, she will talk about the unique occupational world found within thoroughbred racing.

Photo courtesy of Ellen McHale

The Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series is a monthly, hour-long program presented in partnership by the Saratoga Springs Heritage Area Visitor Center and the Saratoga Springs Public Library. This event is conducted in the Dutcher Community room located on the main floor of the library. This program is free and open to the public and begins promptly at noon. Tea and coffee are provided.