Paul Ruchames (center), executive director of the Backstretch Employee Service Team, stands behind a pyramid of coffee donated by Dunkin’ Donuts to the Backstretch café. Dunkin’ Donuts donated one pound of coffee to the Backstretch Employee Service Team for every win by the leading owner, trainer and jockey during the 2013 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course. Pictured to the right of Ruchames is jockey Javier Castellano, who captured his first Saratoga riding title, and to his right is owner Ken Ramsey, who won the owner’s title and also set the record for the number of single season wins by an owner at the Spa. As of current press time, Dunkin’ Donuts will donate 123 pounds of coffee to the Backstretch Employee Service Team, representing the 22 wins by owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey; 36 wins by trainer Todd Pletcher; and 65 wins by jockey Javier Castellano. Founded in 1989, the Backstretch Employee Service Team is a nonprofit organization which provides free health and social services to the backstretch communities at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course.
- NET PROCEEDS FROM SPA ADMISSION ON LABOR DAY TO BENEFIT PERMANENTLY DISABLED JOCKEYS FUND
- DUNKIN’ DONUTS DONATES COFFEE TO B.E.S.T. IN HONOR OF LEADING OWNER, TRAINER AND JOCKEY AT SARATOGA