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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.

Whirlaway Profile

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.

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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

Garden State

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

Churchill Downs

1 1/16 Miles Dirt Apr 25, 1942
1st Lawrence Realization


1 5/8 Miles Dirt Sep 20, 1941
1st American Derby

Washington Park

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

Churchill Downs

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

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