Abijah’s on the Backside is Changing Lives at This Racetrack

By Katie Ritz

While racing seems to be scrambling for any piece of positive public perception it comes across, Sally Jane Mixon has a vision. She wants to save the lives of people across the country, and she wants to do it by bringing them to the backsides of racetracks to work with retired racehorses.

Mental health is a huge crisis right now everywhere you go,” Mixon said. “The hope is to bring people who maybe have a bad taste in their mouth for racing and they’ll come and work with off-track Thoroughbreds and their lives will be changed–at a racetrack, with horses that have raced.”

This summer, Mixon’s vision came to life with the launch of Abijah’s on the Backside– a therapy and wellness center nestled on a quiet piece of the backside at Canterbury Park. There, a pair of retired racehorses… more from The Thoroughbred Daily News

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Rich Nilsen is a 19-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with Brisnet.com and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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