The handicap division has no bigger showcase during the Saratoga meet than the Whitney. The race takes its name from the Whitney family, scions of the New York racing circuit. William Collins Whitney co-founded the Jockey Club, and campaigned prominent racehorses such as the 1901 Epsom Derby winner Volodyovski and 1904 Champion two-year-old filly Artful. His son Harry Payne Whitney continued the legacy, owning a long list of luminaries, including 1915 Kentucky Derby winner and Horse of the Year Regret. His son, Cornelius V. Whitney, not only campaigned racehorses as well, but also founded the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. The Whitney name carries on in racing today through Marylou Whitney, Cornelius’s widow.
The race run in the Whitneys’ name was inaugurated in 1928, and will be run for the 91st time this year.