The headline is startling and attention grabbing, but anyone on the backside of a racetrack or deep within the infrastructure of the breeding business knows that frequently women are subjected to treatment by men—including violence—that they wouldn’t face as blatantly on the “front side” of the game.
I know of a woman on a California stud farm, for instance, who lived in perpetual fear that one of the men—a stallion handler—would attack her for rebuffing his advances. She’d been threatened and physically manhandled by him but her pleas up the ladder hadn’t been headed until she was almost raped on the property.
An anonymous blogger, a woman attempting a second career on the backside of a small Mid-Western track, recently posted a piece that illustrates some of what women put up with. It’s an illuminating and disturbing post and here’s a brief excerpt:
I was at the track on one of our racedays when a jockey came up to me and started sweet-talking me. I wasn’t interested, although I am sure he meant it as a compliment. I was polite, but declined his advances. I figured he had gotten the message until I had my back turned and he decided to heave-ho on my flank with the palm of his hand.”
Click here to read this post in its entirety from the new Confessions of a Hotwalker blog.