saratoga backstretch appreciation program

‘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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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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Saratoga: Backstretch Program Celebrates 10th Year

The Saratoga Backstretch Appreciation program will begin its 10th season of providing backstretch workers and their families with food and activities when the 2017 meet gets underway July 21. The program, which is organized and sponsored by Marylou Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, is a way to give back to the ‘unsung heroes’ of the racing […]

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