The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association recently hosted its 3rd annual Caretaker Appreciation Day, thanks to the generosity of several owners, trainers and drivers.

The day began with a free lunch for all caretakers in the paddock lounge prior to the races, courtesy of the MSOA.

An anonymous donor gave $1,250 that was divided up among the winning caretakers of each of the day’s 15 races. A minimum “bonus” of $50 was given to each winning caretaker, with three races offering a larger amount of $200-$250. Additionally, other owners and trainers donated cash, blankets and/or gift cards to area businesses, which were given away via separate random drawings each race.

The big winner on the afternoon was Mike Wallace, caretaker of I’m Feelin Good for trainer Ashley Hall. Wallace picked up the day’s largest bonus, $250.

The annual event is a way for owners, trainers and drivers to show their appreciation for the efforts made behind the scenes by the caretakers that work with their horses on a daily basis.