Triple Crown Winners: Whirlaway in 1941

Jun 24, 2024 | Triple Crown Museum

The 1941 Triple Crown winner Whirlaway was known for his blistering speed and dramatic come-from-behind victories, cementing his legacy as one of the most incredible horses in history. At GoldMark Farm’s Triple Crown Museum, visitors can explore the storied career of this legendary horse, whose legacy continues to inspire and captivate horse racing enthusiasts worldwide.

Who was Whirlaway?

Whirlaway, often affectionately called “Mr. Longtail” due to his unusually long and flowing tail, was more than just a racehorse; he was an equine phenomenon. Born in 1938 at Calumet Farm in Kentucky, he grew into a chestnut stallion known for his distinctive running style and explosive final-furlong finishes. Trained by Ben Jones and ridden by jockey Eddie Arcaro, Whirlaway had a career that horse racing fans still revere today.

His Pedigree and History

Whirlaway was sired by English Derby winner Blenheim II and out of the mare Dustwhirl. His pedigree was a blend of stamina and speed, qualities that manifested on the racetrack. His racing career began unremarkably, with a series of erratic performances as a two-year-old, often veering sharply to the outside of the track. However, under the guidance of Jones and the addition of a one-eyed blinker to correct his drifting issues, Whirlaway started to show the promise his lineage suggested.

The pinnacle of his career came in 1941 when he won the Kentucky Derby in record time, followed by victories at the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, securing the Triple Crown. His Belmont win by a staggering margin of 12 lengths was particularly notable and remains one of the most dominant performances in the history of the race.

His Legacy

Whirlaway’s impact on horse racing extends far beyond his Triple Crown victory. He was the first horse to win the Derby and the Travers Stakes in the same year, showcasing his versatility and endurance. Throughout his career, Whirlaway raced 60 times, winning 32 races and becoming the top earner of his time.

Beyond his racing accolades, Whirlaway’s legacy is one of heart and spirit, embodying the thrill and unpredictability of horse racing. He was known for his quirky personality and ability to pull off wins from seemingly impossible situations. His dramatic flair and undeniable talent made him a favorite among racing fans and a symbol of hope during the difficult war years of the early 1940s.

Visit the Triple Crown Museum at GoldMark Farm

To truly appreciate the legend of Whirlaway, a visit to the Triple Crown Museum at GoldMark Farm is a must. The museum offers an immersive experience into the history of the Triple Crown, with special exhibits dedicated to each winner. Whirlaway’s remarkable story is brought to life through memorabilia, photographs, and interactive displays celebrating his incredible journey and enduring impact on the sport.

Whether you are a lifelong racing fan or a newcomer to the sport, the Triple Crown Museum provides a unique opportunity to explore the rich history of one of its greatest athletes. Come and discover the legacy of Whirlaway and the many champions who have shaped the thrilling world of horse racing.

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Contact us to schedule a visit, discuss equine dry stall and paddock boarding for trainers and owners with 10 or more horses, learn more about our show cattle, or set up a tour of our Triple Crown Museum.  

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