and Hall of Famer John Nerud, who recently turned 98, today presented a check
for $50,000 to the Belmont Child Care Association at its backstretch child-care
center, Anna House.
“I have more money than days left, so it makes me happy to give
to such a worthy cause,” said Nerud, who trained more than 1,000 winners
and who was enshrined in racing’s Hall of Fame in 1972.
Since it opened at Belmont Park in 2003, Nerud has been a frequent visitor to
Anna House, the day-care center which was created to meet the unique needs of
working families at Belmont
Park. Nerud, who began
his racetrack career in the 1930’s and went on to train 1968’s
Horse of the Year Dr. Fager, said he started working as a stable hand for $1 a
day, and was proud to be able to give back to the children of those who are
working as he did many years ago.
“This wonderful place should be visited by everyone in our
industry to see what can be done by a group of dedicated people,” said
Nerud of the BCCA, a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to raise the
financial resources necessary to maintain Anna House for the benefit of working
families at Belmont