SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES IS NAMED FOR RACING’S BELOVED “BALD EAGLE”

THE GREAT ONE – SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 CHARLES WHITTINGHAM STAKES IS NAMED FOR RACING’S BELOVED “BALD EAGLE,” WHO SOARED MIGHTILY OVER THE AMERICAN TURF FOR THE BETTER PART OF FIVE DECADES. A MEMBER OF RACING’S HALL OF FAME, WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED NEAR SAN DIEGO, WHITTINGHAM, A MARINE COMBAT VETERAN WHO SERVED IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC DURING WORLD WAR II, WON THE RACE’S PRECURSOR A RECORD SEVEN TIMES, BEGINING WITH FIDDLE ISLE IN 1970 AND ENDING WITH RIVLIA, IN 1987. WHITTINGHAM, WHO IS SANTA ANITA’S ALL TIME STAKES WINNING TRAINER WITH 204 ADDED MONEY TALLIES, DIED AT AGE 86 ON APRIL 20, 1999.