Whirlaway Stakes

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Whirlaway Stakes
Ungraded stakes race
Location Aqueduct Racetrack
Queens, New York United States
Inaugurated 1980
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.nyra.com/index_aqueduct.html
Race information
Distance 1 16 miles (8.5 furlongs)
Surface Dirt
Track left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old
Purse $100,000

The Whirlaway Stakes is a race for Thoroughbred horses held in February at Aqueduct Racetrack. The Whirlaway Stakes is open to three-year-olds willing to race one and one-sixteenth miles (8.5 furlongs) on the dirt. It is an ungraded event offering a purse of $100,000 added. The Whirlaway is the second of four two-turn races for 3-year-olds run in New York prior to the Kentucky Derby.[1]

The Whirlaway is named in honor of Whirlaway, the firth Triple Crown of Horse Racing winner in 1942. Called "Mr. Longtail" for obvious reasons, he was a thrilling closer and a huge crowd pleaser. Like Silky Sullivan, many of his races were won by last minute come-from-behind efforts.

Past winners[edit]