Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Assistant Starter

Location US-OH-Youngstown
Job ID
Casino Property
Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley




Don’t just work. Work Happy.


A career in gaming? At Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley, we think you’ll enjoy an exciting industry, fast-paced days and nights, diverse, enthusiastic co-workers, unlimited growth and support from one of the leaders in the industry.


An individual could be successful if they possess the following.

Your daily responsibilities include

• Loading race horses in the starting gate before post time
• Schooling horses in the morning
• Setting the gate for each race, ensuring numbers on gate.
• Follow proper procedures for getting gate on and off track each race
• Making equipment changes if needed
• Assist jockeys while handling individual horses in gate
• Report any maintenance or safety issue with the starting gate to the head starter
• Performs head starter functions if necessary
• This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive and team members may also be asked to perform other reasonable related duties as assigned. Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the need arises with appropriate notification to Team Members.

To be successful in this position it will require the following skill set

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • 2-3 years Starting Gate experience or horse handling experience preferred
  • Must be knowledgeable of the Rules of Racing
  • Read, write legibly, understand and speak English
  • Multilingual preferred
  • Must be licensed with the Ohio State Racing commission.
  • Must be able to work in various weather conditions
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must meet professional appearance standards as prescribed by company policy.
  • Must be able to respond to visual and oral cues
  • Able to work at a fast pace in often crowded/noisy environment
  • Physically mobile with reasonable accommodations including ability to push, pull, carry and lift up to 75 lbs., and the ability to push, pull, reach, bend, twist, stoop, stack, crouch, kneel and balance when performing job duties in varying work areas such as confined spaces

Something to leave you with

Whether you prefer being at the center of it all or working behind the scenes, there’s a role for you at Penn National Gaming. We are a growing company but as big as we are, we still feel like family.  The areas of career opportunity with Penn are ideal for just about any skill set.  Our company wide commitment to making sure our guests smile as much as we do means you’ll enjoy a fun working environment anywhere within the organization.



Equal Opportunity Employer



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