HONORS & RECOGNITIONS
Throughout her lifetime, Marylou has been awarded over 100 recognitions, dedications, and honors from all over the world for her generosity and philanthropy.
In 2010, Marylou was honored with the Eclipse Award of Merit, which is one of the thoroughbred industry’s highest honors. While she was being honored for this award, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s mother, Matilda, presented Marylou with a citation proclaiming her officially the “Queen of Saratoga.” This was the first citation Governor Cuomo had given.
USO WOMAN OF THE YEAR
In New York City, Marylou was one of the first supporters and largest underwriters for the USO (United Service Organization). She was honored as USO Woman of the Year for her financial support and her support during World War II, at which time she hosted a radio show called “Private Smiles.” The show aired around the world from Kansas City and had a better rating than her dear friend, Walter Cronkite.
FIRST LADY OF THE OAKS
In 2015, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky honored Marylou as “First Lady of the Oaks” for her dedication to causes such as women’s health, equine well-being, and other philanthropic endeavors that benefit the racing community.
MARYLOU WHITNEY ROSE
In 2010 a specifically bred, pink tea rose was named in Marylou’s honor. As a gift for her 85th birthday from her husband, John, the Marylou Whitney Rose was showcased in the “Marylou Whitney Rose Garden” in Congress Park, which is near the Canfield Casino. The rose was also planted in the Yaddo Rose Gardens in Saratoga Springs, NY. Further, a donation of $10,000 from Marylou and John helped Yaddo with the upkeep of the gardens.
2019 INDUCTION TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF RACING AND HALL OF FAME
Marylou was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame on August 2, 2019, however, she was not simply known for her success as an owner and breeder. Marylou cared for the employees at the racecourse and the horses by supporting them in ways that would have a significant impact on their lives. Marylou and John focused on providing programming and dinners for the backstretch workers. Marylou was also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and helped open Secretariat Park.
OTHER AWARDS & HONORS
- Ogden Phipps Award- Honored by the NY Turf Writers for top breeder (2003)
- Jockey Club (2011)