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Whirlaway Racing News
The Triple Crown is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses, which take place in May and early June of each year. The Triple Crown of horse racing is considered one of the most difficult accomplishments in horse racing, and possibly all of sports championships. The grueling schedule requires a three year old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes. In all of racing history, only thirteen horses have achieved the Triple Crown.
By Kellie Reilly
Calumet Farm’s golden era began with a quirky but popular champion in Whirlaway, nicknamed “Mr. Longtail” for his streaming plume as he flew down the stretch.
A homebred son of 1930 Epsom Derby hero *Blenheim II, Whirlaway was a top 2-year-old with victories in the 1940 Hopeful, Saratoga Special, and Breeders’ Futurity. But his juvenile resume would have been better if not for his costly antics. Liable to spook and difficult to control, he often veered to the outside rail.
After Whirlaway beat himself in a pair of Derby preps, Hall of Fame trainer Ben Jones changed jockeys to Hall of Famer Eddie Arcaro. He also customized a one-eyed blinker.
Whirlaway responded with a record-setting 1941 Kentucky Derby. Uncorking his patented whirlwind charge from off the pace, he romped by eight lengths (equaling the largest margin in Derby history) while establishing a new record time of 2:01 2/5. After dominating the Preakness in similar style, Whirlaway seized command early in the Belmont.
The only Triple Crown winner to capture the Travers, Whirlaway was also the first of that club to repeat as Horse of the Year as a 4-year-old. He clashed with 3-year-old champ Alsab, just missing in their match race, gaining revenge in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, but losing their third bout carrying 130 pounds.
Whirlaway’s 1942 campaign was dedicated to supporting World War II efforts. His bankroll benefited too. The first horse to surpass the half-million mark, he retired having amassed $561,161 from 60 career starts.
Stakes Win History
|1st||Louisiana Handicap||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Dec 12, 1942|
|1st||Governor Bowie Handicap||1 5/8 Miles||Dirt||Nov 11, 1942|
|1st||Pimlico Special||1 3/16 Miles||Dirt||Oct 28, 1942|
|1st||Washington Handicap||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Oct. 24, 1942|
|1st||Jockey Club Gold Cup||2 Miles||Dirt||Oct 3, 1942|
|1st||Narragansett Special||1 3/16 Miles||Dirt||Sep 12 1942|
|1st||Trenton Handicap||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Aug 29, 1942|
|1st||Massachusetts Handicap||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Jul 15,1942|
|1st||Brooklyn Handicap||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Jun 27, 1942|
|1st||Dixie Handicap||1 3/16 Miles||Dirt||May 6, 1942|
|1st||Clark Handicap||1 1/16 Miles||Dirt||Apr 25, 1942|
|1st||Lawrence Realization||1 5/8 Miles||Dirt||Sep 20, 1941|
|1st||American Derby||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Aug 23, 1941|
|1st||Travers||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Aug 16, 1941|
|1st||Saranac||1 Mile||Dirt||Aug 6, 1941|
|1st||Special Event||1 1/18 Miles||Dirt||Jul 15, 1941|
|1st||Dweyer||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Jun 21, 1941|
|1st||Belmont Stakes||1 1/2 Miles||Dirt||Jun 7, 1942|
|1st||Preakness||1 3/16 Miles||Dirt||May 10, 1941|
|1st||Kentucky Derby||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||May 3, 1941|
|1st||Walden||1 1/16 Miles||Dirt||Nov 14, 1940|
|1st||Breeders' Futurity||6 F||Dirt||Oct 19, 1940|
|1st||Hopeful||6 1/2 F||Dirt||Aug 31, 1940|
*Morning line odds are an independent handicapper’s estimate and do not necessarily reflect the actual chance each horse will win