By Associated Press - Saturday, August 1, 2015

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - A ceremony will be held in Saratoga Springs to unveil a statue of one of the greatest thoroughbred race horses of all time.

The life-size Native Dancer will finally take its place at Centennial Park during unveiling ceremonies being held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The park located down the street from Saratoga Race Course is a gift to Saratoga Springs by Marylou Whitney and John Hendrickson in honor of its 100th anniversary as an incorporated city.

The park was dedicated June 1, but a statue of Native Dancer wasn’t done in time. So a Kentucky farm’s statue of Storm Cat, another celebrated thoroughbred, has been standing in as a temporary replacement.

Native Dancer won 21 of career 22 races in the 1950s. In 1953, Native Dancer won the Travers Stakes, Saratoga’s biggest race.

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