Whirlaway Race Horse Calumet Farm KY

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Whirlaway Race Horse Calumet Farm KY

  • A quirky, erratic runner whose trademark was his famous one-eyed blinker, Whirlaway was the first of two American Triple Crown winners for Calumet Farm. His idiosyncrasies nearly drove his connections crazy but endeared him to a generation of racing fans. Popularly known as “Mr. Longtail” and “Whirly,” Whirlaway left his star standing behind at the track and was only a moderately successful sire.
  • Whirlaway’s first start as a three-year-old was on February 8, 1941, at Hialeah Park outside Miami. Displaying his old tendency to run in the middle of the track and then to run down the field in the final 1/4 mile, he won the race by a head. He finished third in his next race and came in third and second by a neck in two events at the Tropical Park Race Track in Miami. His first real test in advance of the Kentucky Derby was in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 24 at the Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky. His old habits continued to plague him, however, as he ran so far out that he had to make up too much ground in the stretch and lost by six lengths.

    With each race, it appeared that Whirlaway’s Derby chances were growing dimmer. His final test was the Derby Trial on April 29. He began slowly, in fifth position, for the first 1/2 mile, at which point he was sent with a rush around the far turn, a drive that some track buffs said was the fastest they had ever seen. He was leading by a half-length going into the stretch but again bore outside. Before jockey Wendell Eads could get Whirlaway straightened out, Blue Pair caught him and won by three-quarters of a length.

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