25th Annual Siro's Cup Benefit

July 19, 2018 11:41 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - "Saratoga is the only place to be," Marylou Whitney said.

Before the crowds line the entrance gate at the Saratoga race course, the Capital Region elite gather at the biggest event to kick off another meet in the Spa City.

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"This town becomes quite empty when the horses leave, people leave and then it becomes a very wonderful town where we all have parties," Whitney said.

Saratoga Springs socialite and philanthropist Marylou Whitney and her husband John Hendrickson are staples at Siro's Cup.

The fundraising event celebrates 25 years benefiting Albany's Center for Disability Services.

"That's the best thing about Saratoga when everybody comes together to help different causes," Harry Rice said.

Rice accepted a painting on behalf of Triple Crown winner, Justify's jockey, Mike Smith.

The valet says the thoroughbred is doing well.

"I'll know more on Sunday when he comes but I heard he's fine, but it's gonna take time and then by the way the schedule goes, you never know. He's so valuable as a stud so it's tough," Rice said.

The watercolor painting took nearly a week to complete. James Fiorentino has been painting professionally for fifteen years, and he loves coming to Saratoga and this event every year.

"I keep telling people it's like I'm taking a step into the past and it's a lot of amazing sports places and Saratoga Race Course is one of the most incredible you can go to," Fiorentino said.


Karen Tararache

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