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Fearing Breakdown To Retire Him the same to rudder his head 'Sab spec- as of great- the turn been the one- move a Jones Saddened By Necessity Of Having To Make Decision. By CHARLES LUNKLEY CHICAGO, June 29 (£).-- Whirl- away is going back home to picturesque Kentucky pastures to live in peaceful retirement until death. The racing career of the biggest money winner in the history of sport is ended. Within two weeks he will be shipped to the white- fenced Calumet farm owned by Warren Wright of Chicago to completely until next May when will be used for breeding. In an- other two years his sons and ters may be carrying on his tradition of victory. The Calumet Farm is located in the rolling grass country near Lexington, The decision to retire the five year old chestnut colt with the long flowing tail that almost touches the ground was reached a sympathetic understanding be- tween owner Wright and his er, Ben Jones. They decided not to continue racing the Blenheim Bomber for fear his career might terminate in disgraceful break- down. Whirlaway never fully recovered from an injury to Ms-left foreleg suffered in New Orleans last win- ter. He ran. his last race at Ar- lington Park's ?10,000 added Equi- poise Mile at Washington Park Saturday. A crowd of 15,000 made him a 6 to 5 favorite as they saw him pick up rivals his last sweep into the stretch but they quickly sensed that he wasn't going to win by the time the pack reached the last 200 Whirlaway'g drive was broken.. finished a struggling fifth, the time since the Belmont Futurity 1940 he had finished out of the money. Jones, who brought Whirlaway to the races and saw him record pot of $561,161.50 in sixty starts, was saddened by the neces- sity of making this decision. "The injury is nothing so serious in itself," Jones said today in his missouri drawl. "But Mr. Wright and I just couldn't stand the thought of having him wind up a cripple, with a big old knot his leg, "It would have been damaging to his reputation and to ours. If Whirlaway was a cheap horse I'd just lay him up a bit and bring him back in 30 or 40 days or But we've decided not to keep mering on him and run' the risk breaking him down. As it is he's a beautiful horse with no marks on him. He'll live for the rest of his life VP fine shape there in Tventucky. His leg will show no marks of injury, for I'm glad. It's Just like losing my best friend," Jones added with a sigh.

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  1. The Daily Mail,
  2. 29 Jun 1943, Tue,
  3. Page 7

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