(WBRE/WYOU-TV) The gates are open and the horses are off at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
Eyewitness News Reporter Anja Whitehead takes us behind the scenes to see how much work goes into taking care of the racehorses.
“It’s like a 24 hour day job,” Explains Joseph Poliseno, Horse Trainer and Driver.
Now that horse racing season is here there’s a lot that goes into making sure these animals are ready for their racing days.
“We start early in the morning, 5 o’clock. They get fed 3-4 times a day. They exercise every day, they come back go to the bathroom, take care of them. It’s an all-day job” Said Poliseno.
While there’s a watchful eye on the horses. Poliseno notes the racing lifestyle can be very stressful on “A large majority of them have ulcers just from the stress of racing. If you ship a horse they can get an ulcer. So we give them gastrogaurd. It’s honestly like Maalox but it’s not. It actually heals the ulcers.” These horses have to do a lot of physical work to be race ready.
“These guys jog 3, 4, 5 miles a day. They may train a couple of time during the same day. And they’re always working,” Added Poliseno.
Each horse has its own personality! One of Poliseno’s horses, Deal Maker, will even scratch your back. “Dealy is pretty good. He gives out a lot of massages. The horses regularly in nature massage each other when you rub them by the neck. But this guy here massages you right away as soon as you touch him. He’d rather rub you than rub the other horses” Said Poliseno.
For the trainers, there’s nothing like a race night.
“It’s kind of indescribable. It gives you a really big high. It’s what you work for. So when you win a race or win one of those big races, it’s really exciting,” Exclaimed Poliseno.
And when the horses are good after a long day of racing. They’ll get a peppermint snack.
If you’d like to see these horses in action. The next race will be this Saturday the April 13th at the Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.
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