Hall of Fame, Horses

Whirlaway
Chestnut colt foaled in 1938. Died in 1953. By Blenheim II-Dustwhirl, by Sweep

Inducted:1959
Breeder:Warren Wright's Calumet Farm
Owner:Warren Wright's Calumet Farm
Trainer:Benjamin A. Jones

Race History
YearAgeStartsFirstSecondThirdEarned
1940216724$77,275
19413201352$272,386
19424221282$211,250
194352001$250
 Totals:6032159$561,161

Whirlaway with Alfred Robertson up
NMR Collection

Whirlaway was one of a number of superb horses owned by Calumet Farm and trained by Ben Jones. But, as America's fifth Triple Crown winner and a two-time Horse of the Year, he stood out even among the Calumet horses.

Whirlaway's behavior in races was so erratic in his early career that trainer Ben Jones designed a blinker to keep the colt from bolting to the outside rail. Needless to say, the extra effort met with success.

At 2 Whirlaway won the Saratoga Special, Hopeful, Breeders' Futurity, and Walden Stakes. In addition to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, Whirlaway won the Travers, American Derby, Dwyer, Saranac, and Lawrence Realization at 3. At 4 Whirlaway carried 130 pounds to victory in the Massachusetts, Trenton, Washington, and Louisiana Handicaps. He also won the Clark, Dixie, and Brooklyn Handicaps, had a walkover in the Pimlico Special, and defeated Alsab in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Whirlaway was the first horse to earn $500,000 and retired as the world's greatest money earner. He went to stud at Calumet and then in France. He died there in 1953.

Whirlaway was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1959.

Whirlaway winning the Belmont Stakes
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