Marylou Whitney's legacy honored at Saratoga

August 02, 2019 06:38 PM

This Whitney weekend in Saratoga Springs will be one to celebrate and honor the "Queen of Saratoga."

Marylou Whitney was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame Friday morning in Saratoga Springs.

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During the ceremony, there was an empty chair next to her husband, John Hendrickson, except for Whitney's Hall of Fame jacket and a Marylou Whitney rose.

Hendrickson said Marylou wanted to dedicate her induction to the horses, and people who love them, especially the backstretch workers.

Later on Friday, the clubhouse gate at the track was officially renamed the "Marylou Whitney Entrance."

Hendrickson was there honoring his late wife.

Marylou first came to Saratoga in the 1950s with her then-husband, Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. She fell in love with the track and the community and soon the feeling was mutual.

Marylou Whitney is credited with turning around a racetrack and a town that was once-struggling. She did it by bringing media attention, energy and passion. Her philanthropy is also legendary locally, donating millions of dollars to local causes.

When she passed at the age of 93, many in the community, including those who never met her, mourned.


Mark Mulholland & WNYT Staff

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