'Nothing short of incredible': Arlington backstretch children share stories in essays

Thirteen college students received scholarships from the Chicago Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation this summer after writing unusually compelling and revealing essays about their lives and their thoughts on horse racing. 

The foundation is the benevolent arm of the Illinois Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. The scholarships go to children of workers who groom, train and care for horses in the so-called "backstretch" of Arlington Park and Hawthorne Race Course.

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