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Walk of fame at Saratoga Race Course

By Lombardo David
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The first 30 inductees to the Saratoga Race Course's "Walk of Fame" were unveiled this morning at the National Museum of Racing.

The walk of fame is part of the city's Saratoga 150 celebration, which is in recognition of the race course's 150-year history. Saratoga's Walk of Fame, which is modeled after the renowned one in Hollywood, will be installed before opening day outside the Clubhouse gates. Granite plaques, with the name of the horse's sire, dam, owner, trainer, and jockey, will be laid out.

The project was dreamed up by John Hendrickson, a member of the New York Racing Association Board and an honorary chair of the Saratoga 150 Committee.

“Celebrating 150 years since the birth of racing would not have been complete unless we honored the historic athletes who helped make Saratoga Race Course the number one race track in the country,” Hendrickson said in a statement. “I always thought there should be some way to recognize the real stars of the sport and the Hoofprints Walk of Fame will be a unique and educational retrospective of our history.”

His wife and honorary co-chair Marylou Whitney was also in attendance at the event, where she professed her love for the city and desire to do anything to make it great.

“I hope future generations will be inspired and humbled to see the hoofprints of some of the greatest athletes that have ever lived,” said Whitney in a statement. “Saratoga was fortunate to host these amazing stars.”

The 30 inductees were announced today and the full list can be found on the Saratoga 150 website.

NYRA, the Saratoga 150 Committee and the National Museum of Racing are involved in this project.

Check out a VERY BRIEF video of selecting the placement of the walk of fame plaques HERE.

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