On a day devoted to honoring the legacy of the late Marylou Whitney, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his first visit to Saratoga Race Course Aug. 3, announcing the construction of a permanent hospitality facility for backstretch workers.
The building will be located on the Oklahoma training facility grounds. Currently, a tent houses a variety of activities for backstretch workers, a program Whitney and her husband, John Hendrickson, instituted 12 years ago.
In 2012, Cuomo authorized the state to oversee operations of the New York Racing Association and reorganized its board of directors, appointing seven of the 16 board members. NYRA returned to private control in 2017.
Since being elected governor in 2011, Cuomo has attended the races only once, to present the trophy at the 2014 Belmont Stakes (G1), won by Tonalist.
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