1942 Whirlaway Horseshoes from Jockey Club Gold Cup Victory and New York Handicap Races
In 1941, Whirlaway was the fifth winner of the American Triple Crown, and after winning the Triple Crown that year, he also won the Travers Stakes, still the only horse to have won all four races in a year. Whirlaway was sired by Blenheim, the English Derby winner, out of broodmare Dustwhirl. Whirlaway was bred at Calumet Farm, in Lexington, Kentucky, and the thoroughbred holds the record, tied with Assault, for the longest margin of victory at a Kentucky Derby at eight lengths. Whirlaway was selected as the American Horse of the Year in both 1941 and '42 by both The Racing Form and Turf and Sport Digest. An attached note, on a tag from the William Sloane House Y.M.C.A. in New York City, written on both sides of a paper stock tag (resembling a luggage tag) in an unknown hand with a fountain pen, reads "Whirlaway wore these shoes when he won the Jockey Club Gold Cup Belmont 1942 and when he was third to Alsab and Obash in the New York Handicap in 1942." The other side of the tag reads, "Shoe with cut heel is left front/Shoe with raised cleft is left hind." Aside from the aforementioned cut heel on the left front shoe, the shoes are in excellent condition. The left front shoe measures 4.5" at its widest and weighs approx. 2.5 ounces, and the left hind shoe is 4.25" at its widest and weighs approx. 2.25 ounces. The shoes show great wear and represent a wonderful remembrance of Whirlaway, one of America's finest thoroughbred champions, a memento that can proudly displayed in any sport collection.
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