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…

Highest Honors Enters Travers Picture

W.S. Farish’s homebred Highest Honors added his name to the list of possible starters for the Travers (G1) on August 24 with a decisive, come-from-behind win in the $100,000 Curlin at Saratoga on Friday. Running last in the field of eight, Highest Honors was in no hurry, and neither was even-money favorite Looking at Bikinis, who set…

This Week at Saratoga: July 24 – 31

Wednesday, July 24 At the track… $200,000 Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap, fillies and mares three and up, six furlongs on the dirt. $150,000 New York Stallion Stakes Cab Calloway Division, one mile, three-year-olds sired by stallions standing in New York, turf In the community booth by the jockeys’ silks room: Battlefield and Beyond, which…