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  1. Marylou Whitney is the Greatest

    March 12, 2015 by andyman

    Marylou Whitney is the Greatest Gal

     

    Hob-Knobbing with the Swells – Our Most Read Story By Far

     

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    Read the story….then watch the video !
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    Marylou Whitney in the Travers Day Parade on Broadway in Saratoga Springs – Circa 1985
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    The “Grand Dame” of Saratoga Springs, Marylou Whitney !

    by EvilDoer

     

    It was a dark and stormy night. Whoops….wrong story. It was the early 1980’s and my girlfriend and I at the time were hanging out a lot with our good friends Rick and Shawna, the original owners of Madame Jumels restaurant.

     

    I’m not sure what’s there now, but Madame Jumels was at the bottom of Caroline Street and quite the popular place in it’s day. I was a big fan of the early morning radio show on WPYX hosted at that time by Bob Mason and Bill Sheehan, a gnarly pair of shock jocks known for their over-the-top pranks. (It is now known as the Wakin’ Up With the Wolf show, hosted by Bob Wolfeld.) They came up with the idea of having a Marylou Whitney look-alike contest.

    For the ill-informed, Marylou Whitney is the widow of millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and a local celebrity, socialite, philanthropist, and all-around nice gal. The thought of spoofing her in a look-alike contest was more than I could stand. I set out to talk my friends into joining the contest.

    Rick and Shawna were more familiar than I with Mrs. Whitney as they also ran a horse-drawn carriage business that Marylou had used the services of. The event was to take place at Siro’s, a popular upscale restaurant and watering hole near the Saratoga Racetrack. Everyone agreed this would be a blast. As seasoned veterans for several years at the infamous Bolton Landing Bed Races on Lake George, we had a fair idea on how to make headlines while having a good time. It’s kind of a Ratpack thing. Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Angie Dickinson; we had learned from the best. Back when men were men…and booze was your buddy. Growing up in the sixties surely had it’s benefits. We set about making our strategy.
    It was decided the horse and carriage would help make our entrance memorable. As Rick and Shawna would be manning the carriage and I was ugly enough as a man, let alone the well-preserved Whitney, that left my girlfriend to be Marylou. The girls came up with a flashy gown as one might imagine Marylou dressing up in for one of her annual soirées at the Canfield Casino. Rick and I decided on leotards (kind of a court-jester look) and long trumpets as part of our garb and props for our parts as “Her Majesty’s” entourage. It was also decided that “our” Marylou wear a blond wig and gold tiara, as well as a garbage bag “slicker” to mimic a press clipping of the real Marylou wearing the same during a rainstorm at the Saratoga Racetrack. We enlisted a few family and friends as “press agents” sporting fedoras and press passes. We also equipped my nephew Ken with a VHS video camera, a bulky contraption back then as you virtually had to carry an entire VCR on a shoulder strap. With our costumes complete, it was time for the big day.

     

    Our gig officially started at 6 a.m., coinciding with the WPYX 6 to 10 a.m. morning drive show. We decided to arrive fashionably late (or maybe it was a hangover). Anyways, our timing turned out to be impeccable as we were, as I recall, the last contestants to arrive. Our horse and carriage pulled up in front of Siro’s with as much fanfare as we could conjure. The grounds were packed with spectators as well as various guys and gals dressed as Marylou. Rick and I jumped off and rolled out a red carpet for our celebrity. We did our best trumpet rendition of the opening racetrack riff and held “our” Marylou’s hands up as she descended the steps of her carriage. The crowd went wild. All the local TV news cameras rushed up to record the spectacle. We escorted “our” Marylou through the crowd as she pressed the flesh and threw fake money into the air. Rick, Shawna and I remained dutifully in character as we tended to “our” Marylou and fended our way through a sea of people and inside Siro’s. The reporters scrambled for interviews and “our” Marylou had them eating out of her hand as she recited: “Trash, flash, cash …..nobody rides for free.”

     

    We were led to the table with the D.J.’s as a side-splitting back-and-forth ensued between the good-natured Mrs. Whitney and our imposter. The judging began and in spite of the many outrageous and wonderful costumes, we won hands down. No brag….just fact. Mrs. Whitney graciously invited us to stop by her box seats at the track later in the day where we were promptly thrown out for improper attire but not before we were introduced to a few of Marylou’s friends. Our reward? Two all-expense paid airline/hotel tickets to Universal Studios in Los Angeles and the L.A. Coliseum for Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA tour under a warm and moonlit night.

     

    Marylou Whitney…one hell of a sport.
    EvilDoer

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  2. Whitney Handicap

    July 26, 2007 by andyman

    Saratoga’s Whitney Handicap

    Deep in Tradition and Talent !

     

     Story by our very own Handicapper – SaratogaSam

    The ESPN CREW was here in Saratoga Springs.

    This was the 2nd year of the win and you’re in the Breeder’s Cup in October at Santa Anita California.

     And the races were the 4 top stakes races here at The SPA!

    The 7th race is the Diana handicap on the Turf at 1 1/8 mile with 10 horses entered.

    The 8th race is the AG Vanderbilt at 6 furlongs sprint with 7 horses entered

    The 9th race is the Go for Wand at 1 1/8 mile with 8 entered and 7 betting.

    And last but the Best is the Whitney Handicap. It’s the 10th race on today’s card at the 1 1/8 mile with 11 horses entered with the off at 5:46pm EST.

    I will run down the field for the Whitney and give you some selections from Saratoga Sam..

    COMMENTATOR – The millionaire winner of 11 races and winner of the 2005 Whitney is a fast paced dangerous gelding bred in NY, trained by Nick Zito and ridden by J.R. Velazquez. High weight at 120 lbs and giving the field of 11 up to 7 lbs.

    NOTIONAL – Fresh off a win in the grade 3 Salvator Mile at Monmouth, has won under $700,000 with four races on dirt. Coming into his own and weighted at 116 lbs. he is trained by Mark Hennig and ridden by Edgar Prado.

    SOLAR FLARE – 2nd at Belmont in the Suburban Handicap cutting back from 1/1/4to 1 1/8 mile. He is improved in 2 starts since coming from Argentina where he was bred and raced. He is trained by Larry Jones and ridden by Gabriel Saez.

    GRASSHOPPER – 2nd in the Travers Stakes here last year to Street Sense, he has 4 wins and 5 seconds in 12 starts. Under $700,000, he has been disappointing at low odds. Today the value will be there as he could improve for a piece of the purse. Trained by Neil Howard trainer and with jockey Robby Albarado who has ridden him to wins at the distance…

    A.P.ARROW – This closer and winner of $1.4 million has 4 wins at the distance and needed his last race after finishing 4th to Curlin in the Dubai Classic. An outside chance and in the money too. Trained by Todd.Pletcher with Ramon Dominguez on top.

    The odds will be the key today; but the bets could be as follows:

    WIN $20.00 on #1 Commentator; $2.00 exacta box on #with 2, 3, 8, and 9 – A $16.00 investment

    And a $1.00 exacta box on #3, Notional, with 1, 2, 8, and 9 for an $8.00 total wager

    Also a $1.00 triple, #1 with #3, and with 2, 8, and 9 and #1 with 2, 8, 9 and 3 for a wager of $6.00.

    Total wagering of $50.00

    That’s all for now. Good luck and have a great day!

    Saratoga Sam

    #curlin  #toddpletcher  #nickzito  #espn  #tradition