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Widow of art collector Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, Mary Lou was a patron on her own right. Many claim she spearheaded the salvation of Saratoga Springs when alternative venues loomed large on the turbulent 1970s and a race track dating to the Civil War seemed pit of date.

Time would prove her right and Saratoga remains a staple of summer on New York, especially the yearling sales in early August which bring in billionaires from around the globe to bid at the Fasig Tipton Sales Pavillion off Union Avenue on Saratoga Springs.

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Marylou Whitney, who carried on the legacy of one of Thoroughbred racing's great dynasties, died July 19 at her Cady Hill home in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., the New York Racing Association announced. She was 93.

Known as "the Queen of Saratoga," Whitney is responsible for the iconic New York town's comeback from the doldrums, bringing the biggest Hollywood stars there and throwing grand parties.

Continuing the stable perpetuated by her late husband, C.V. "Sonny" Whitney, Marylou Whitney won the 2004 Belmont Stakes (G1) with homebred Birdstone , who went on to sire classic winners Mine That Bird and Summer Bird. She also took the 2003 Kentucky Oaks (G1) with homebred Bird Town.

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https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/234807/marylou-whitney-queen-of-saratoga-dies-at-93

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