The Whitney 2016: Events & Fashion
The Whitney 2016: Events & Fashion– The 89th running of The Whitney takes place at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York on Saturday, August 6, 2016. The Grade I dirt race is worth $1.25 million and an automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The winner of the prestigious race will be feted with a special custom-designed horse blanket made of Marylou Whitney pink roses and receive a sterling silver, three-handled chalice trophy adorned with the Whitney crest. The Whitney headlines an exciting day at Saratoga and is the precursor to the famous Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale on August 8-9. In addition to The Whitney, five Stakes races are on the card including the Grade I $500,000 Test for three-year-old fillies, the Grade III $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya for turf fillies and mares, the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure and the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton De La Rose.
What to See on Whitney Day 2016
The NYRA official website lists several entertainment options on Whitney Day including live music and dancers. Be sure to catch Reggie’s Red Hot Feetwarmers (Strolling 1-5pm), Upstate Bluegrass Band (Strolling 2-6pm), Rich Ortiz (Bandstand 1-5pm), and Reggie’s Red Hot Dancers (2-5pm).
Fans are invited to visit the NYRA Bets Lounge in the Saratoga Pavilion, presented by Time Warner Cable News. The NYRA Bets Lounge will offer handicapping tips and analysis from racing professionals and also features a full-service bar and Lifestyles clothing boutique. A handicapping seminar will occur from 11:00 a.m. to noon with Peter Fornatale, Mike Watchmaker, Travis Stone and Jonathon Kinchen. Guests can also get tips from NYRA’s Gabby Gaudette at 1:00 p.m.
The Community Outreach Booth will host the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, a non-profit organization that accredits, inspects and awards grants to approved aftercare organizations to retire, retrain and rehome thoroughbreds using industry-wide funding.
Whitney Day includes the “Best Turned Out Horse” award, during which Fasig-Tipton and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will recognize the hard work that goes into daily grooming with a special prize for the groom of the best-turned-out horse participating in the Whitney. The award will be presented to the winning groom in the winner’s circle prior to the Whitney.
Who to Bet On in The Whitney 2016
The post position draw for the 89th edition of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Whitney will took place on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Sperry’s. Post 1 El Kabeir (20-1), 2 Comfort (8-1), 3 Upstart (10-1), 4 Frosted (3-5), 5 Noble Bird (10-1), 6 Effinex (7-2).
What to Wear to The Whitney 2016
Whitney Day at Saratoga is the perfect way to spend an easy summer day. You’ll want to look stylish enough to enjoy a glass of champagne while sitting in a lawn chair out on the grass. If you’re a gal that prefers to wear dresses to the tracks, try the red and white theme for Saratoga. Try a playfully patterned shirt-dress with red and white gingham, trimmed with ivory piping, and buttoned down the front. This dress easily pairs with casual heels or comfortable horsey-themed tennis shoes on Whitney Day. If you prefer sleek pants or stunning shorts, both pair nicely with a crisp white sleeveless tunic.
To achieve a balanced, fashionable look worthy of Saratoga’s casual yet elegant vibe, we recommend adding equine inspired accessories to your existing outfit. Try a pair of galloping horse earrings in a burnished birch wood form. These USA-made studs are the ‘whinnying’ look for a gal on the go! To complete your Whitney Day look, add the official Lady and the Track handbag!
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