It might be the best pairing since American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza. The Horsemen’s Counseling Program and its new assistance coordinator, Jasmine Arian, appear to be made for each other.
Arian, 24, knows her way around a racetrack. She’s engaged to Oscar Mancilla, the son of jockey Oscar Mancilla (yes, they both have the same name). So when the HCP job became available she immediately showed an interest.
“My passion is having a career to help people,” Arian said. “When I saw this job, I thought it would be an excellent fit. I know a lot about the track.”
Arian started working for the HCP officially on July 1, taking over from recently retired Bill Borchardt, who married and moved to Alabama. While Borchardt actually did individual counseling sessions on a part-time basis, Arian will instead assist horsemen full-time to find professional help for what they need.
The Horsemen’s Counseling Program, which is a cooperative effort between MTHA and Maryland Jockey Club, assists racetrack employees who are dealing with personal, family and work-related situations that may be troubling. The coordinator provides services and resources to assist in dealing with a wide variety of problems including: stress, depression, family problems, marital conflict, anxiety, grief, alcohol or drug abuse, financial concerns and legal issues.
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