The Whitney Handicap: Key Information

  • Location: Saratoga Race Course
  • Inaugural Race: 1928
  • Distance: 1 1/8 Miles (9 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Right-Handed Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds and up
  • 2015 Purse: $1.5 million

Video of the 2014 Whitney Handicap

Check out the footage from the most recent running of the Santa Anita Handicap, with horse Moreno and Jockey Junior Alvarado riding to victory!


A Brief History of the Whitney Handicap

The Whitney Handicap is a 1 1/8 mile grade 1 handicap race for thoroughbred horses. Starting 2007, the winner of the handicap automatically qualified for the fall running in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The race is named after the Whitney family, a family of prominent supporters of the sport of thoroughbred horse racing. It is held annually in June/August at the Saratoga Race Course in New York and carries with it a legacy of horse racing greatness, such as the dramatic upset of 1973 that saw Triple Crown winner Secretariat finishing second to Allen Jerkens’ colt Onion.


Whitney Handicap – Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Whitney Handicap:

Speed record

1.46.64
Lawyer Ron – 2007

Most Wins

3
Tied: Kelso & Discovery 

Most Wins by a Jockey

5
Tied: Pat Day & Jerry Bailey

Most Wins by a Trainer

5
John M. Gaver Sr.

Most Wins by an Owner

6
Greentree Stable

Historical Results for the Whitney Handicap

In the Whitney Handicap’s storied history, there have been dozens of world famous horses and jockeys that have been crowned the winner. In the table below, view a record of the winning trainers, thoroughbreds, jockeys, and times for every Whitney Handicap race.

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainerOwnerDistanceTimeGrade
2014Moreno4Junior AlvaradoEric GuillotSouthern Equine Stable1.125 Miles01:48.1I
2013Cross Traffic4John R. VelazquezTodd A. PletcherGoldMark Farm, LLC1.125 Miles01:47.9I
2012Fort Larned4Brian Hernandez, Jr.Ian R. WilkesJanis R. Whitham1.125 Miles01:47.8I
2011Tizway6Rajiv MaraghH. James BondWilliam L. Clifton, Jr.1.125 Miles01:52.4I
2010Blame4Garrett GomezAlbert M. Stall, Jr.Adele B. Dilschneider1.125 Miles01:48.9I
2009Bullsbay5Jeremy RoseH. Graham MotionMitchell Ranch LLC1.125 Miles01:48.1I
2008Commentator7John R. VelazquezNick ZitoTracy Farmer1.125 Miles01:50.2I
2007Lawyer Ron4John R. VelazquezTodd A. PletcherHines Racing LLC1.125 Miles01:46.6I
2006Invasor4Fernando JaraKiaran McLaughlinShadwell Racing1.125 Miles01:49.1I
2005Commentator4Gary StevensNick ZitoTracy Farmer1.125 Miles01:48.3I
2004Roses in May4Edgar PradoDale L. RomansKen & Sarah Ramsey1.125 Miles01:48.5I
2003Medaglia d'Oro4Jerry BaileyRobert J. FrankelEdmund A. Gann1.125 Miles01:47.7I
2002Left Bank5John R. VelazquezTodd A. PletcherMichael B. Tabor1.125 Miles1:47:04I
2001Lido Palace4Jerry BaileyRobert J. FrankelJohn Amerman1.125 Miles01:47.9I
2000Lemon Drop Kid4Edgar PradoScotty SchulhoferJeanne G. Vance1.125 Miles01:48.3I
1999Victory Gallop4Jerry BaileyElliott WaldenPrestonwood Farm1.125 Miles01:48.7I
1998Awesome Again4Pat DayPatrick B. ByrneStronach Stables1.125 Miles01:49.7I
1997Will's Way4Jerry BaileyH. James BondRudlein Stable1.125 Miles01:48.4I
1996Mahogany Hall5Jose SantosJames BakerWoodlyn Farm1.125 Miles01:48.6I
1995Unaccounted For4Pat DayScotty SchulhoferMorven Stud1.125 Miles01:49.2I
1994Colonial Affair4Jose SantosScotty SchulhoferCentennial Farms1.125 Miles01:48.6I
1993Brunswick4Mike E. SmithAnthony MargottaJerry Denker1.125 Miles01:47.4I
1992Sultry Song4Jerry BaileyPatrick KellyLive Oak Racing1.125 Miles01:47.2I
1991In Excess4Gary StevensBruce L. JacksonJack J. Munari1.125 Miles01:48.0I
1990Criminal Type5Gary StevensD. Wayne LukasCalumet Farm1.125 Miles01:48.6I
1989Easy Goer3Pat DayC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps1.125 Miles01:47.4I
1988Personal Ensign4Randy RomeroC. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps1.125 Miles01:47.8I
1987Java Gold3Pat DayMacKenzie MillerRokeby Stable1.125 Miles01:48.4I
1986Lady's Secret4Pat DayD. Wayne LukasEugene V. Klein1.125 Miles01:49.8I
1985Track Barron4Angel Cordero, Jr.LeRoy JolleyPeter M. Brant1.125 Miles01:47.6I
1984Slew o' Gold4Angel Cordero, Jr.John O. HertlerEquusequity Stable1.125 Miles01:48.2I
1983Island Whirl5Ed DelahoussayeLaz BarreraElcee-H Stable1.125 Miles01:48.4I
1982Silver Buck4Don MacBethJ. Elliott BurchC. V. Whitney1.125 Miles01:47.8I
1981Fio Rito6Leslie HuletMichael FerraroRaymond LeCesse1.125 Miles01:48.0I
1980State Dinner5Ruben HernandezJ. Elliott BurchC. V. Whitney1.125 Miles01:48.2II
1979Star de Naskra4Jeffrey FellRichard D. FerrisCaryle J. Lancaster1.125 Miles01:47.6II
1978Alydar3Jorge VelasquezJohn M. VeitchCalumet Farm1.125 Miles01:47.4II
1977Nearly On Time3Steve CauthenLeRoy JolleyMrs. Moody Jolley1.125 Miles01:49.4II
1976Dancing Gun4Roger VelezLaz BarreraGedney Farms1.125 Miles01:50.0II
1975Ancient Title5Sandy HawleyKeith L. Stucki, Sr.Ethel Kirkland1.125 Miles01:48.2II
1974Tri Jet5Laffit Pincay, Jr.Charles R. ParkeFred W. Hooper1.125 Miles01:47.0II
1973Onion4Jacinto VasquezH. Allen JerkensHobeau Farm1.125 Miles01:49.2II
1972Key To The Mint3Braulio BaezaJ. Elliott BurchRokeby Stable1.125 Miles01:49.2
1971Protanto4Jorge VelasquezMacKenzie MillerCragwood Stables1.125 Miles01:49.4
1970Judgable3Robert WoodhouseHerbert NadlerSaul Nadler1.125 Miles01:48.4
1969Verbatim4Pete AndersonJames P. ConwayElmendorf Farm1.125 Miles01:50.0
1968Dr. Fager4Braulio BaezaJohn A. NerudTartan Stable1.125 Miles01:48.8
1967Stupendous4Eddie BelmonteEdward A. NeloyWheatley Stable1.125 Miles01:48.2
1966Staunchness4Ernest CardoneVictor J. NickersonRed Oak Stable1.125 Miles01:50.2
1965Kelso8Ismael ValenzuelaCarl HanfordBohemia Stable1.125 Miles01:49.8
1964Gun Bow4Walter BlumEdward A. NeloyGedney Farms1.125 Miles01:49.2
1963Kelso6Ismael ValenzuelaCarl HanfordBohemia Stable1.125 Miles01:50.4
1962Carry Back4Johnny SellersJack A. PriceKatherine Price1.125 Miles01:50.0
1961Kelso4Eddie ArcaroCarl HanfordBohemia Stable1.125 Miles01:48.0
1960Warhead5Mike SorrentinoKay Erik JensenMabel C. Scholtz1.125 Miles01:51.0
1959Plion4Manuel YcazaTom JolleyEdward M. Potter1.125 Miles01:53.0
1958Cohoes4John RuaneJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable1.125 Miles01:51.6
1957Kingmaker4Bobby UsseryFrank I. WrightHappy Hill Farm1.125 Miles01:52.8
1956Dedicate4William BolandG. Carey WinfreyJan Burke1.125 Miles01:49.8
1955First Aid5Hedley WoodhouseJ. Elliott BurchBrookmeade Stable1.125 Miles01:51.6
1954Social Outcast4Eric GuerinWilliam C. WinfreyAlfred G. Vanderbilt II1.125 Miles02:04.4
1953Tom Fool4Ted AtkinsonJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable1.125 Miles02:05.4
1952Counterpoint4David GormanSylvester VeitchC. V. Whitney1.125 Miles02:05.6
1951One Hitter5Ted AtkinsonJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable1.125 Miles02:05.0
1950Piet5Nick CombestR. Emmett PottsBoMar Stable1.125 Miles02:06.6
1949Round View6Sebastian PerezHollie HughesSanford Stud Farms1.125 Miles02:06.6
1948Gallorette6Arnold KirklandEdward A. ChristmasWilliam L. Brann1.125 Miles02:05.2
1947Rico Monte5Ruperto DonosoHoratio LuroW. Arnold Hanger1.125 Miles02:02.6
1946Stymie5Basil JamesHirsch JacobsEthel D. Jacobs1.125 Miles02:07.4
1945Trymenow3Herb LindbergOscar WhiteWalter M. Jeffords, Sr.1.125 Miles02:02.2
1944Devil Diver5Eddie ArcaroJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable1.125 Miles02:02.0
1943Bolingbroke6Herb LindbergWalter BurrowsTownsend B. Martin1.125 Miles02:02.0
1942Swing and Sway4Don MeadeJohn M. Gaver, Sr.Greentree Stable1.125 Miles02:05.4
1941Fenelon4James StoutJames FitzsimmonsBelair Stud1.125 Miles02:06.4
1940Challedon4George WoolfLouis J. SchaeferWilliam L. Brann1.125 Miles02:03.2
1939Eight Thirty3Harry RichardsBert MulhollandGeorge D. Widener, Jr.1.125 Miles02:06.2
1938War Admiral4Wayne D. WrightGeorge ConwayGlen Riddle Farm1.125 Miles02:03.8
1937Esposa5Nick WallMatthew P. BradyWilliam Ziegler, Jr.1.125 Miles02:05.2
1936Discovery5John BejshakBud StotlerAlfred G. Vanderbilt II1.125 Miles02:06.8
1935Discovery4John BejshakBud StotlerAlfred G. Vanderbilt II1.125 Miles02:04.8
1934Discovery3Don MeadeBud StotlerAlfred G. Vanderbilt II1.125 Miles02:07.8
1933Caesar's Ghost3Dominick BellizziJack J. ConnorsBrookmeade Stable1.125 Miles02:10.8
1932Equipoise4Raymond WorkmanThomas J. HealeyC. V. Whitney1.125 Miles02:05.6
1931St. Brideaux3Linus McAteeJames G. Rowe, Jr.Greentree Stable1.125 Miles02:05.0
1930Whichone3Raymond WorkmanJames G. Rowe, Jr.Harry Payne Whitney1.125 Miles02:04.0
1929Bateau4Eddie AmbroseScott P. HarlanWalter M. Jeffords, Sr.1.125 Miles02:09.4
1928Black Maria5Laverne FatorWilliam H. KarrickWilliam R. Coe1.125 Miles02:06.0