Andy Serling spends a lot of time talking about horses, but on Wednesday morning he was talking more about the people who take care of these horses.
Serling, a longtime New York Racing Association television analyst and handicapper, was honored by the New York Racecourse Chaplaincy for his continued dedication and support to the backstretch community at the 15th Annual Fundraising Brunch fundraiser at Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, NY
“Anyone who has been around our sport knows that the backstretch community is the lifeblood of our sport,” he said. “I greatly admire all those people who dedicate their lives to the care of Thoroughbreds and I am immensely grateful and humbled by this honor. This award, of course, is even more special to me with the name of Marylou Whitney in it. attached.
As is customary, Serling was presented with a framed racing scene created by equine artist Tom Chapman of New York Racecourse Chaplaincy.
With the blessing of her husband, John Hendrickson, this year and henceforth, the award honored will be named the Marylou Whitney Award.
Mr Hendrickson said: “Marylou strongly believed that members of the backstretch community should always be treated with dignity and respect and she made it her mission.”
The brunch drew record crowds of nearly capacity fans from all segments of the racing industry.
Previous winners include Anne Campbell, Edgar Prado, Michael Dubb, Fay and David Donk, Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson, Letty and Kiaran McLaughlin, Lisa and Kenny Troutt, Debbie and Terry Finley, the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and, the last year, Irad Ortiz Jr.
The New York Racecourse Chaplaincy serves the farming and farming community of New York City with children’s enrichment, social service, recreation and educational programs as well as non-denominational religious services.
Additional information about the New York Hippodrome Chaplaincy is available at rtcany.org.