Wendell Eads

Wendell W. Eads (June 10, 1923 – June 5, 1997) was an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey. In the early 1940s he was a contract jockey with the prestigious Calumet Farm. Small, even by jockey standards, Eads weighed just 102 pounds and as a result could not control Calumet's extremely high strung but talented colt, Whirlaway. The problem cost Eads the chance to make history aboard Whirlaway who won the 1941 United States Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing.

Wendell Eads
BornJune 10, 1923
United States
DiedJune 5, 1997
Career winsNot found
Major racing wins
Acorn Stakes (1941, 1943)
Arlington-Washington Futurity Stakes (1941)
Belmont Futurity Stakes (1941)
Gallant Fox Handicap (1941)
Juvenile Stakes (1941)
Pimlico Special (1941)
Vosburgh Stakes (1941)
Clark Handicap (1942)
Saratoga Handicap (1942)
Blue Grass Stakes (1943)
Derby Trial Stakes (1943)
Kentucky Oaks (1943)
Arkansas Derby (1946)
Leading Jockey at Arlington Park (1940, 1941)
Significant horses
Whirlaway, Market Wise, Mar-Kell

During his career, Wendell Eads won a number of important races including the Blue Grass Stakes and the Pimlico Special. As well, he competed in two of the American Classic Races. He was aboard Sun Again for a third-place finish in the 1942 Preakness Stakes and rode Dove Pie to a seventh-place finish in the 1943 Kentucky Derby

Following his retirement from racing, Wendell Eads made his home in Oakland, Illinois where he was living at the time of his death in 1997.


  • Vaccar, Mike. 1941 -- The Greatest Year in Sports (2007) Doubleday ISBN 978-0-385-51795-9
  • November 4, 1991 Sports Illustrated article on Whirlaway and Wendell Eads