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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: Food, Fun and Thanks on the Backstretch

Backstretch workers are horse racing’s invisible army. Day in and day out, they’re in the trenches, mucking stalls, feeding, walking and grooming horses whose value dwarfs their own salaries.  They live difficult lifestyles and often go unrewarded and unrecognized.  But without these grooms, hot walkers and exercise riders, there would be no Thoroughbred industry. Breeder/owners […]

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Marylou Whitney: The Spirit of Saratoga

At 86, Marylou Whitney shows no signs of slowing down. As Jill Wing writes in The Saratogian, even though the famous Whitney Gala has been canceled, “this socialite’s summer schedule would make an Olympic athlete tired.” Whitney, along with her husband, John Hendrickson, works tirelessly on numerous charitable organizations, and she is also the honorary […]

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Three Chimneys presents Good News Friday: A Lasting Impact

Discussions about Kentucky’s signature horse industry often center on the almighty dollar. What is the industry’s economic impact to the commonwealth? How many jobs, directly and indirectly, does it create? Make no mistake, those are very important questions to ask. But the contributions of people in our industry go well beyond paychecks and hit at […]

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GOOD NEWS FRIDAY, sponsored by Liberation Farm – KENTUCKY EQUINE HUMANE CENTER

By Ray Paulick A national survey from the Unwanted Horse Coalition released Thursday shows that the number of neglected, unwanted or abused horses has been on the rise as economic conditions across the country have worsened. No surprise there (though a group called the Equine Welfare Alliance said the Unwanted Horse Coalition survey was “slanted” […]

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HOLA, MARYLOU, Y GRACIAS!

A new program awaits backstretch workers when the New York Racing Association kicks off its summer meeting at Saratoga racetrack in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Wednesday, thanks to John Hendrickson and his wife, Marylou Whitney, the longtime Queen of Saratoga. Mike Veitch wrote in the Saratogian newspaper on April 30 that Hendrickson was putting together […]

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THE WEEK THAT WAS: JULY 20-27

By Ray Paulick Saratoga opens, and so do the skies. That sums up the first several days of the upstate New York Spa’s business, which is not good news for a bankrupt organization that says it will need more bailout money from the state sometime in the next couple of months. Heavy rains […]

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