Whitney Induction Brings Poignancy to Hall Ceremony

Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson. NYRA photo

Balancing composure and emotion, National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame president John Hendrickson anchored this year’s induction ceremony both personally and professionally, looking forward to a renovated Hall of Fame in 2020 and back at the accomplishments of his wife Marylou Whitney, who died July 19 and was inducted as a member of the Hall of Fame Aug. 2 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

In his usual role as master of ceremonies, retired race caller Tom Durkin called for a moment of silence in Whitney’s memory in his opening remarks, an image of the late “Queen of Saratoga” dressed in her trademark pink, holding one of the roses named for her, appeared on the video screen.

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