The Assistant Starter will assist the Starter in the handling, guiding and loading of horses into the starting gate; supports the Starter in setting a timely race starts and conducts and/or participates in schooling horses; provides labor support to higher level staff; and performs related tasks within area of assignment
(These function are intended as a general illustration of the work performed in this job classification and are not all inclusive for this position)
Delivers superior internal and external guest service the Pinnacle Way by ensuring every interaction includes our Six Core Service Standards (Look sharp, smile and greet the guest; Be friendly, polite and use courteous language; Provide especially timely and knowledgeable service and then some; Always find solutions to guests’ problems; Use the guest’s name when appropriate; Thank the guest and invite him or her back.); and work harmoniously with fellow team members.
Performs a variety of assigned staff duties related to the handling, guiding and loading of horses into the starting gate; supports the Starter in setting a timely race starts and conducts and/or participates in schooling horses.
Instructs and familiarizes young horses with the gate to break in and school horses on the starters list; assists Starter and Trainers with schooling of horses during morning training.
Numbers gate and makes equipment changes on the horse; handles horses for each race and assists in loading horses that pull up during and after the race.
May perform preventative maintenance and/or repair the starting gate; assist in aligning horses before gate open.
Attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and innovations in the field of racing.
Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.
(Related education and experience may be interchangeable on a year for year basis)
Experience saddling and handling race horses. Racing experience preferred.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: (Licenses, Certifications, Testing, etc.):
Possession of, and ability to maintain a valid gaming license within assigned state of employment.
Must successfully pass background check
Must successfully pass an alcohol and drug screening
Must be willing to work a variety of shifts to include swing shifts and holidays if needed
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
Operations, services and activities of a starting race and schooling operations; principles and practices of on-track racing protocols and procedures; operations and maintenance of racing equipment; knowledge of thoroughbred racing and horse behavior; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
Start a fair and equal race; monitor horse behavior and training schedules to determine racing availability; explain starting policies and penalties; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; prepare clear and concise reports; interpret and explain policies and procedures; interpret and apply federal, state and local policies, laws and regulations.
Retama Park Racetrack is a class 1 pari-mutuel horse-racing track located in Selma, Texas a short 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio. The property hosts live racing on weekends with quarter horses running from June 7 through August 10 and live thoroughbred racing from October 4 through December 28; open daily for simulcast wagering. Retama Park features a wide variety of dining options including the Turf and Field Dining Room with panoramic views of the track, the Race Book & Sports Bar offering delicious fare enjoyed while watching simulcast racing or your favorite sports team; or more casual options at the concession stands throughout the facility.
One Retama Parkway
Selma, Texas 78154