LEXINGTON, Kentucky (WKYT) – The Ed Brown Society is a local organization that promotes minority participation in the horse racing industry.
On Tuesday, the nonprofit announced a partnership with a racing industry leader that will provide in-depth internships to minority students at Gulfstream Park in South Florida.
Two selected University of Kentucky interns crave the opportunity.
Gulfstream Park is owned by a company called 1/ST. It is one of the major players in the industry and it joins the Ed Brown Society to start a minority internship where students can learn all about the sport of kings.
“There is a real positioning around who is involved in thoroughbred horse racing from ownership to management and it is time for a new generation to come in and take the lead and also celebrate the rich history of African Americans in the sport said Tiffani Steer, 1/ST’s VP of communications.
The Ed Brown Society was founded by Greg Harbut and Ray Daniels.
“When we founded the Ed Brown Society, we were very aware that we wanted to bring exposure and career opportunities to young people,” says Harbut.
The two co-owned former Kentucky Derby contestant Necker Island. They are blazing a trail and they want other minorities to take the reins.
“I was excited about the students and the exposure they will build,” Daniels said.
1/ST is committing $150,000 over several years to cover all costs so that select students can complete a paid internship in the horse racing industry.
Charles Churchill studies equine science and management in the UK. He was selected for the program. He wants to focus on how tracks advertise exotic bets.
“This is to show other students, especially color students, that there is a place for you in the industry,” Churchill said.
Deja Robinson is another British equine science major selected for the programme. She is interested in the veterinary side.
“I actually got emotional recently with how great it is for an opportunity,” Robinson said.
Born in Louisville, Churchill says his last name and working in the horse industry is perfect timing.
“I think my personality contributes to the Churchill name rather than Churchill Downs defining who I am,” Churchill said.
The two interns will head to Miami on Thursday for a special event at Gulfstream Park.
Other immigrant interns are selected from other colleges and universities.
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