Marcus Guerrero named “Groom of the Week”

Backstretch Supplies, owned by Bruce Murphy and Genaro Garcia, has implemented a new program this season at Indiana Grand. They are honoring some of the hard working men and women of the backstretch with $100 cash as part of the “Groom of the Week.”

Bruce Murphy of Backstretch Supplies presented Marcus Guerrero with a $100 bill for being named “Groom of the Week” Saturday, June 16. Guerrero works for the John Ortiz Stable. Photo by Linscott Photography

The third recipient of the award was Marcus Guerrero. Guerrero, who works for the John Ortiz Stable, was honored during a special presentation in the winner’s circle following the fifth race Saturday, June 16. Murphy presented Guerrero with the cash while Nancy Holthus, on-air paddock analyst, conducted the presentation.

“We like to see the grooms come up to the paddock with their horses well groomed and themselves well groomed too,” said Murphy. “Marcus is a great example of how a groom represents himself and his stable when racing a horse.”

Guerrero recently went to work for Ortiz, who is spending his first season at Indiana Grand this year. Ortiz has several strings of horses currently racing at different locations. The string at Indiana Grand is off to a great start, already securing seven wins in the first two months of racing.

A native of Mexico, Guerrero has worked at Indiana Grand for several years. After Indiana Grand closed last fall, he went to Oaklawn for the winter before returning to Indiana this past spring.

“I love everything about being a groom,” said Guerrero. “That is my life. I’ve been doing this for five years and there isn’t anything I don’t like about working with the horses.”

Backstretch Supplies, located in the barn area at Indiana Grand, will provide two more “Groom of the Week” awards. The program has provided awards to grooms for five consecutive Saturdays in June. Murphy has judges in place to watch all grooms during the week before the final decision is made for the Saturday presentation. Other recipients of Groom of the Week include Kenny Brown of the Aaron West Stable and Leonel Morales of the Mike Nance Stable.