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Marylou Whitney, undoubtedly one of the most famous philanthropists in Saratoga Springs since the 1950s will turn 90 this Christmas Eve. In addition to wishing her a very happy birthday, take a look at all she has accomplished in Spa City throughout her life: 

Editor's Note 11/13/15: This article has been edited with correct information. The book has been entered for a Pulitzer Prize. Final nominations will be announced in April. 

Longtime Saratoga resident, Ray O'Conor's novel has just been entered for a Pulitzer Prize. Get the scoop! 

David Soman and Jacky Davis are a husband and wife team who are the creative force behind the Ladybug Girl books. The duo is stopping by Northshire Bookstore on Monday, October 26th to read excerpts from their books! We were lucky enough to chat with the couple about their upcoming visit to Saratoga. Check it out: 

You may know of Tom Stock as one of Saratoga's finest professional photographers. However, Stock was recently featured on the other side of the camera lens. Local filmmaker, Justin Cerone, produced a film about Stock's eco-friendly home. Get the scoop:

Photo Credit: Tom Stock

Stephan Pastis, who you may know as the mind behind Pearls Before Swine and his newest venture, Timmy Failure, will be at the Northshire Bookstore on Broadway on October 14th. We were lucky enough to speak with Stephan about his career, what's up next and his first visit to Saratoga. Check it out: 


Editor's Note 9/10/15: We've clarified that the race referenced in the article where Onion beat Secretariat was the Whitney Stakes. 

If you watched the Travers Stakes this past Saturday, you know how incredible and exciting the race was. Keen Ice pulled through and defeated Triple Crown champion, American Pharoah, in what seemed like the last possible seconds before the finish line. 

We had the opportunity to speak with Steven Bouchey, one of Keen Ice's owners about the big win, his horse's future and what he loves about Saratoga. Take a look!

While the thoroughbred racing industry is primarily male dominated, Sheila Rosenblum and her all-female syndicate, Lady Sheila Stable (Jill Zarin, former Real Housewife of New York City is a member!) are breaking the mold. Rosenblum's horse, La Verdad recently won big at  the Honorable Miss Handicap in Saratoga, and will run in the Ballerina stakes on Travers Day. She is also owner of American Pharoah's little sibling, Pioneer of the Nile.

We were lucky enough to speak with Rosenblum about what sparked her passion for thoroughbred racing, the challenges of running an all-female syndicate and her favorite part about visiting Saratoga. Get the scoop! 

Did you know that the Oscar winning film '12 Years A Slave' is based on the autobiography of Solomon Northrup who was born in Minerva and later lived in Saratoga Springs? Northrup worked as a free man at several Saratoga hotels, including the Grand Union as a stand-out violinist before he was captured and sold into slavery in Louisiana.

The great-great-great granddaughter of Northrup, Melissa Howell of Seneca Falls, is petitioning President Obama to posthumously award the former Saratoga Springs man the Presidential Medal of Freedom.


Update: Steven won! He fooled Penn & Teller and will have the opportunity to open for their show in Las Vegas.

If you have ever walked along bustling Broadway on a warm spring or summer evening, more likely than not you have come across the wizardry that is Steven Brundage. You may know him as the guy who got out of a speeding ticket by enchanting the police officer with his famous Rubik's Cube trick (Saratoga.com was treated to this magic trick a couple months ago when Brundage visited our office and I am still mind blown.) 

Next week, on Monday, July 6th, Brundage's sorcery will be televised nationwide, and you can watch! 


A new attraction at Saratoga Race Course this year gives local racing honorees a place of their own: The Saratoga Walk of Fame. The new structure houses plaques for individuals who have been influential in the advancement of Saratoga Race Course, making significant contributions to the sport of thoroughbred racing.

"The Saratoga Walk of Fame is our way of acknowledging and recognizing these individuals for their dedication to the sport with a place to publicly enshrine their accomplishments," said New York Racing Association CEO and President Chris Kay. "We hope our guests will enjoy Saratoga's newest attraction which is designed to highlight the contributions of our industry's leading pioneers and achievers for decades to come."

The Saratoga Walk of Fame is a new covered structure, located near the carousel, that features an historic design in the classic Saratoga style, right down to the iconic turrets crowning the roof.

Saratoga Walk of Fame

Even in its first year, the attraction will already have 6 plaques on display, with 2 more lined up to be added this season. This because, although the Saratoga Walk of Fame is new this year, it is the culmination of a tradition that actually began a couple years ago.

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