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Floral Designer to Assemble Inaugural Horse Blanket

WILTON -- On the morning of the Whitney Invitational Handicap, a group of floral artists will hand-sew over 500 Marylou Whitney pink roses onto a horse blanket to be awarded to the winner of the race.

The custom-designed, 9-by-2 -foot horse blanket is a first time addition to the winner's circle ceremony for the Whitney Invitational Handicap. Its assembly is spearheaded by Susan Lee Laing, who was responsible for designing the Travers horse blanket for 18 years.

The winner's circle presentation on Saturday will also feature a new permanent, sterling silver, three-handled chalice trophy featuring the Whitney crest. The trophy will be awarded each year to the winner of the Whitney Invitational Handicap.

The Whitney Invitational Handicap coincides with the formal celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first organized four-day race meeting in Saratoga Springs on August 3, 1863.
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