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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


Like Madonna or Bruce or Prince, no last name is necessary when referring to Marylou Whitney, the “Doyen of Saratoga.” who passed on Friday. Her spirit and generosity was as boundless as her legend.

We will try to do her memory justice in advance of this year’s running of the storied Whitney Stakes, scheduled to be run two weeks from Saturday.

For now, from the HRI staff and contributors, sincere condolences to husband John Hendrickson, her family and, quite literally, thousands of her friends, from Thoroughbred racing colleagues, the social elite, and especially to the backstretch workers she loved and supported.

—HRI staff

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  1. We didn’t know her very well but she was easy to love; her spirit, quiet generosity, sportsmanship. After she upset the Belmont with Birdstone, she apologized for “ruining” a Triple Crown bid–and was sincerely sorry. I was amazed…

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