It was an exciting Opening Day at Saratoga when The Saratoga 150 Celebration Painted Horse (aka ‘Emjay’) and I were part of the Opening Day Ceremonies. R
epresentatives from NYRA and the Saratoga 150 Committee along with the winning jockey and trainer of the first race were photographed with ‘Emjay’ and I in the winners circle!! An announcer in the grandstand informed everyone of the plans for Emjay to live as a permanent fixture just inside the Clubhouse entrance and for the general public to participate in a naming contest for the horse, as well. I temporarily named the horse ‘Emjay’ so he would have a name while I painted him. ‘Emjay’ is phonetically the first initials of Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson.
Congratulations to Kiaran, who is actually pictured on Emjay, and also to Hardest Core and his owners with Ghostzapper Racing, for winning the first race of the 2013 Saratoga Race Season.
Reflecting on the photo of Emjay and I….. It Felt like I finally made it to the winners circle in Saratoga with a horse of my own! Thank you ‘M’ and ‘J’ for inviting me to be a part of Saratoga and it’s rich history.
To learn more about and participate in the naming contest visit www.timesunion.com/namethehorse