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Omaha Racing News
The Triple Crown is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses, which take place in May and early June of each year. The Triple Crown of horse racing is considered one of the most difficult accomplishments in horse racing, and possibly all of sports championships. The grueling schedule requires a three year old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes. In all of racing history, only thirteen horses have achieved the Triple Crown.
By Vance Hanson
From the first crop of Gallant Fox, Omaha has for nearly nine decades held the distinction of being the only Triple Crown winner sired by another. Like his father, he was bred in Kentucky by Jockey Club chairman William Woodward and raced in his Belair Stud silks of white and red polka dots.
Although a useful 2-year-old, Omaha failed to win any of his seven stakes attempts in his first season. Indeed, he arrived at Churchill Downs still seeking his first stakes victory after placing third in the Wood Memorial in his final prep.
The long-winded Omaha proved to need as much ground as he could get. Running beyond a mile and 70 yards for the first time in the Kentucky Derby, he won by 1 1/2 lengths, and then came back to win the Preakness the following week by six lengths. Second in the one-mile Withers in between the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, Omaha rebounded to sweep the Crown with a 1 1/2-length tally.
A well-beaten third in his only start against older horses that season, to the great Discovery in the Brooklyn Handicap, Omaha completed his 3-year-old season with victories in the Dwyer and (Arlington) Classic.
Trained by “Sunny” Jim Fitzsimmons at ages two and three, Omaha was shipped to England for his 4-year-old season. Omaha proved a highly capable turf horse as well, winning twice and narrowly losing the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot and the Princess of Wales’s at Newmarket when conditioned by Capt. Cecil Boyd-Rochfort.
Stakes Win History
|1st||Queen's Plate||2 1/2 Miles||Turf||May 30, 1936|
|1st||Victor Wild||1 1/2 Miles||Turf||May 9, 1936|
|1st||Classic||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||Jul 20, 1935|
|1st||Dwyer||1 1/8 Miles||Dirt||Jun 29, 1935|
|1st||Belmont Stakes||1 1/2 Miles||Dirt||Jun 8, 1935|
|1st||Preakness Stakes||1 3/16 Miles||Dirt||May 11, 1935|
|1st||Kentucky Derby||1 1/4 Miles||Dirt||May 4, 1935|
*Morning line odds are an independent handicapper’s estimate and do not necessarily reflect the actual chance each horse will win