Andy Serling, the longtime New York Racing Association television analyst and handicapper, was honored at a Wednesday morning brunch by the New York Race Track Chaplaincy for his ongoing support of the backstretch community at the organization's 15th annual fund-raising brunch at Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs, New York.
“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'm immensely grateful and humbled by this honor. This award, of course, is even more special to me with Marylou Whitney's name attached to it.”
Serling was presented with a framed racing scene created by equine artist Tom Chapman from the New York Race Track Chaplaincy. The award is named in honor of socialite and philanthropist Whitney, who passed away at the age of 93 in 2019.
“Marylou strongly believed that members of the backstretch community should always be treated with dignity and respect and she made that her mission,” said Whitney's longtime husband John Hendrickson.