marylou whitney

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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Saratoga’s Whitney Card Generates Record All-Sources Handle

Saturday’s 11-race Marylou Whitney Day card at Saratoga, featuring three graded stakes and highlighted by McKinzie’s victory in the 92nd running of the Grade 1, $1 million Whitney, generated an all-sources handle record of $31,835,863, eclipsing the previous Whitney Day record of $30,153,138 set in 2017. On-track handle was $7,078,192 with paid attendance of 40,791 […]

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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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‘Smile Because It Happened’: Bittersweet Whitney Induction Tops Hall Of Fame Ceremony

During the annual Racing Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the first row of the Fasig-Tipton pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. is typically reserved for honorees accepting plaques on behalf of their horses or slipping on the trademark navy jackets. On Friday, the front row seat next to John Hendrickson held a vase with a single […]

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Turf Triple Series, Jockey Legends Among Week 4 Highlights At Saratoga

Here are the races, events, and entertainment slated for week 4 of the Saratoga summer meet: WEEK 4 HIGHLIGHTS The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) will celebrate the legacy and contributions of the “Queen of Saratoga” with a day named in honor of Marylou Whitney on Saturday, August 3. Marylou Whitney Day on Saturday, August 3 will be […]

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NYRA Unveils Plans To Celebrate The Legacy Of Marylou Whitney

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced plans to honor the legacy of esteemed Thoroughbred owner and breeder, celebrated philanthropist and National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame inductee Marylou Whitney, who died at the age of 93 on July 19.  In tribute to Mrs. Whitney’s passion, commitment and dedication to both […]

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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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Women In Racing Exhibit Opens July 20 At National Museum Of Racing And Hall Of Fame

The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame’s newest exhibition, Women in Racing, opens to the public on Saturday, July 20. The Museum acknowledges the support of the Edward P. Evans Foundation in underwriting this special exhibit, which details the role women have played in the sport of thoroughbred racing for more than a […]

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