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Whitney to stake lucky bettors at Saratoga

Whitney to stake lucky bettors at Saratoga

Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson are giving people money to bet this summer at the Saratoga Race

Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson are giving people money to bet at the Saratoga Race Course.

Each Saturday during this summer's meet, the couple will give away $15,000 that can be gambled on a win bet in a designated race that day. The giveaway is part of this year's Saratoga 150 celebration, which commemorates 150 years of racing in Saratoga.

People can apply to win this prize at the Saratoga 150 website, and winners will be chosen at random.

Hendrickson said the plan is to present the winner each week with a briefcase full of cash that they can bet.

Celebrations commemorating this historic anniversary will go on all year and include an ice cream social in downtown Saratoga Springs and the construction of a viewing stand for the training track.

Hendrickson previously told the Gazette, “This is probably going to be the biggest celebration Saratoga has ever had."

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