McKinzie Scores Effortless Whitney Victory

When you have a horse that has finished first or second in all but one of his 12 starts, it might seem a bit churlish to be disappointed at missed opportunities and narrow losses. Still, one might forgive owners Michael Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman for wondering wistfully what might have been with McKinzie.…

Cuomo Honors Marylou Whitney During Saratoga Visit

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…

Saratogians Remember Marylou Whitney

When the death of Marylou Whitney was announced on July 19 at Saratoga, tributes and obituaries appeared not just in Saratoga Springs, her hometown, but also in newspapers nationwide, from the Palm Beach Post, the paper of her winter home, to the Sacramento Bee. The woman known locally simply as “Marylou” was a woman of national interest, if news…

Whitney Induction Brings Poignancy to Hall Ceremony

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…

T Loves a Fight: He Knows When We Need Him

On January 26, 2017, I was sitting in the Perlmutter Cancer Center in Manhattan, receiving the fourth of 16 scheduled treatments of chemotherapy and antibodies following a breast cancer diagnosis. That day at Aqueduct, a maiden claimer trained by Mike Hushion, who had also undergone cancer treatment, won the first race by a nose. The…