The Whitney Viewing Stand
Editor's Note (1/22/21): The New York Racing Association (NYRA) has announced that the 2021 summer meet at Saratoga Race Course will take place from July 15 through September 6. New York State currently requires all racetracks to operate without spectators in attendance. The information below reflects 2020, but we will update it with 2021 details as soon as they are released by NYRA.
Have you been to the Whitney Viewing Stand? It's located at the Oklahoma Training Track where the horses work out in the morning and in a typical year, it allows fans a picturesque view of these horses as they gear up for the races.
The Whitney Viewing Stand is modeled after the 1892 Judges Stand at the Saratoga Race Course. It was constructed in 2013 to allow fans a chance to see an amazing view of the horses in training at the Oklahoma Training Track.
When it is open to visitors, you can access the Whitney Viewing Stand from the East Avenue gate.
Behind the Name
The stand is named for the well-known Whitney family. Philanthropist and socialite Marie Louise "Marylou" Whitney is considered by many to be the "Grand Dame of Saratoga" or even the "Queen of Saratoga."
Her commitment to the Saratoga Race Course and the surrounding community was unparalleled. Among other contributions, she co-founded the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame and she was a part of the group that founded SPAC.
Whitney Viewing Stand Hours
The Whitney Viewing Stand is not open for the 2020 summer meet. We will update this page when we learn more.