Backstretch Worker of the Year-Pimlico: Edgar Gallegos

Edgar Gallegos has been named the Pimlico Backstretch Worker of the Year for 2020.

Gallegos, who has worked for trainers Horacio de Paz and Mary Eppler at Pimlico Race Course, currently works for Brittany Russell, who has horses at Pimlico and Laurel Park. Jackie Savoye, Russell’s assistant at Pimlico, said Gallegos is a “very hard worker who hustles horses to run in the afternoon (at Laurel) in addition to every­thing he does in the morning at Pimlico.”

Gallegos, 27, is a native of Mexico who has worked in the racing industry for about eight years at Maryland tracks. He worked for de Paz for about five years before recently joining the Russell team. His dad was instrumental in getting him involved in the racing industry, and his whole family now works in Maryland.

“My dad worked on the backstretch as a groom and introduced me to horses,” Gallegos said. “I just have to work with horses.

“I like to be around the people and the horses,” Gallegos said. “Right now with Brittany, we have a great team working together. She is a great trainer and makes sure everything we need is taken care of.”

Gallegos noted that backstretch employees from late fall through early winter return to the home country, so he gladly steps in to ensure that horses based at Pimlico are accompanied when they are shipped to Laurel for races.

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