This Saturday marks a major day of racing and one of the most prestigious stakes of the Saratoga Race Course meet: the Whitney. The celebrated race has been won by greats like War Admiral, Gallorette, Kelso and Dr. Fager, to name a few, and this year seven horses will vie to add their name to the history books.
Read on for a closer look at the facts and figures surrounding the Whitney.
1 1/8 miles - Distance of the race. For the first 27 editions it was contested at 1 ¼ miles.
1:46.64 - The fastest time in which the race has been completed, when Lawyer Ron won the 2007 edition.
3 - The number of wins in the race by both Kelso (1961, 1963, 1965) and Discovery (1934-36).
3 - Trainer Todd Pletcher has three wins in the race. He could make it four if Keen Ice wins this year.
5 - The record number of wins by Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Jerry Bailey.
6 - The number of wins by Greentree Stable, more than any other owner. Greentree Stable was the racing operation of William Payne Whitney of the family for whom the race is named.
6 - Career graded stakes wins by Gun Runner, the morning-line favorite for this year’s Whitney.
8.6 - The average field size for the race in the last 10 runnings. This year’s race attracted seven entrants.
10 lengths - The record winning margin in the race, when Alydar defeated his elders in 1978.
$13.20 - The payout on Onion when he defeated heavy favorite Secretariat in the 1973 Whitney, one of racing’s most memorable upsets.
20 percent - The betting favorite has won the race just two times in the last 10 years, a 20 percent success rate. Those two winners? Frosted (2016) and Tizway (2011).
$39.60 - The highest $2 win payout of the last 10 years, occurring when Bullsbay won in 2009.
90 - This year is the 90th running of the race, an annual event since 1928.
1961 - The only occasion that the winning horse was disqualified.
$6,500 - The win value of the first Whitney, in 1928.
$1,200,000 - Total purse of this year’s race.
$22,105,302 - Amount bet on Whitney day 2016.