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Stories Of Marylou, Saratoga’s Patron ‘Saint’

The third Saturday in July dawned steamy and oppressive at Saratoga. Horses trained on the Oklahoma, strolled around Clare Court, breezed in front of the grandstand, and then the grounds fell quiet. Where there should have been coolers and crowds sipping beer in the backyard, the air was still. The bugle did not sound the […]

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‘She Was A Voice For Us’: Backstretch Appreciation Program An Ongoing Reminder Of Marylou Whitney’s Legacy

Paul Ruchames, executive director of the Backstretch Employee Service Team in New York, compares the late Marylou Whitney to Johnny Appleseed. “She’s put these seeds all over that will outlive her and keep her good works going,” he said. One of her great works and one her husband, John Hendrickson, remains deeply committed to continuing […]

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‘Singing In The Rain’: Remembering Birdstone’s Travers Victory

The New York Racing Association is presenting a series of diaries to help celebrate the 150th Runhappy Travers on August 24 at Saratoga Race Course. “In Their Own Words” will feature prominent owners, trainers and jockeys as they re-live some of the most stirring moments in the rich history of the “Mid-Summer Derby.” Marylou Whitney, […]

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NYRA Unveils ‘Marylou Whitney Entrance’ To Saratoga Clubhouse

The New York Racing Association on Friday held a dedication ceremony and official unveiling of the new “Marylou Whitney Entrance” at Saratoga Race Course, which is named in honor of the eponymous owner, breeder and philanthropist, who died at age 93 on July 19. NYRA will continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Mrs. […]

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End Of An Era: Marylou Whitney, Queen Of Saratoga, Dead At 93

Marylou Whitney, whose philanthropic initiatives and contributions to racing earned her the nicknames “Queen of Saratoga” and “Grand Dame of Saratoga” among other honors, died Friday, July 19, at her Cady Hill home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She was 93. For seven decades, Mrs. Whitney was among the most successful owners in Thoroughbred racing. She […]

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Marylou Whitney, Norm Casse Share Special Moment In Gulfstream Winner’s Circle

Legendary Saratoga socialite and philanthropist Marylou Whitney visited the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle alongside husband John Hendrickson Saturday, celebrating homebred Mischievous Bird’s impressive 3 ¾-length triumph in the fifth race. The 93-year-old thoroughbred owner and breeder, who has been battling health issues during the winter months, was all smiles when greeted by winning jockey Julien […]

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Paulick Report 8/3 News Minute Presented By Woodbine Racetrack

Stay in touch with Thoroughbred racing news throughout the day with the Paulick Report News Minute. In today’s edition, newly inducted Pillar of the Turf Cot Campbell entertained the crowd at the induction ceremony for the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and museum president John Hendrickson outlined an exciting […]

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National Museum Of Racing’s Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony To Be Live Streamed

The National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be live streamed on the home page of the Museum’s website Friday morning beginning at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion and is open to the public and free to attend. Seating is limited. Doors open at […]

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Checkmate, General Assembly Added To Saratoga’s Hoofprints Walk Of Fame

The Saratoga 150 Committee today announced the two newest inductees to the Hoofprints Walk of Fame at Saratoga Race Course: champion horse Checkmate and Travers winner General Assembly. Modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Hoofprints Walk of Fame was installed outside the clubhouse gates to Saratoga Race Course in 2013 in conjunction with […]

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