Marylou Whitney, John Hendrickson to be Honored by Race Track Chaplaincy

by | 10.07.2013 | 1:33pm
John Hendrickson, shown left of Marylou Whitney, resigned his post as Governor Cuomo's NYRA board of directors advisor on June 7

Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson will receive the “Community Service Award” at Rack Track Chaplaincy of America's White Horse Award Luncheon to be held on October 31, 2013, at The Derby Restaurant in Arcadia, CA.  The White Horse Award Luncheon is held each year in conjunction with the Breeders' Cup World Championship.

Six years ago, Marylou and John started the Backstretch Appreciation Program at Saratoga Race Track.  This program was initiated by them to thank all the backside workers for their hard work with the horses and to provide a platform for education in language development.  Their program has flourished over the years, offering a meal every night of the Saratoga Summer Meet and a beautiful buffet dinner each Sunday.  There are also ice cream socials, movie nights, and many other opportunities to improve the quality of life for our horsemen and women.

Join us at The Derby Restaurant as we honor Marylou and John.  This well known restaurant was established in 1922 as the Proctor Tavern and later renamed The Derby Restaurant.  In 1938, George Woolf became co-owner with his partner, Bill Peterson, and it became a gathering place for jockeys and race fans. Come and see the racing memorabilia displayed throughout the restaurant and relive some of racing's past as you fellowship with racing enthusiast of the present and enjoy a great meal prepared by the award winning chefs at The Derby.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 859-410-7822 or visiting our website at You can also click here to register online.

  • Don Reed

    The Derby restaurant is worth its weight in gold. It’s the only way to go back in time, to be surrounded and entranced by reminders of what racing once was, when it was wearing long pants. That it has survived is quite astonishing.

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