Whirlaway already had quite a following by the time his 3-year-old season got underway. Trained by the legendary father-son duo of Ben and Jimmy Jones, “Mr. Longtail” had scored victories in the 1940 Hopeful Stakes and Breeders' Futurity on his way to being named co-champion 2-year-old (along with Our Boots).
Owned and bred by Calumet Farm, Whirlaway was a high-strung, temperamental colt that often tested his trainer's patience. Ben Jones spent countless hours with Whirlaway, teaching him to relax and getting him used to a routine. Regardless of Jones often calling the colt a ‘knucklehead', Whirlaway rewarded his trainer's patience and dedication by becoming racing's fifth Triple Crown winner in 1941.
Whirlaway was named Horse of the Year that season, and repeated that accomplishment in 1942.
Jim McKay has more of the story below in our latest Triple Crown newsreel.
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