Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Omaha: Two-Year-Old Season

 On May 24, 1932, a blaze-faced chestnut colt was born at Claiborne Farms. His sire the great Gallant Fox, the second Triple Crown winner, and his dam was Flambino, winner of the Gazelle Stakes and third placer of the 1927 Belmont Stakes. As you can see, he had quite a bloodline.

 Omaha, the chestnut colt, was owned and bred by William Woodward's Belair Stud. Sunny Fitzsimmons was his trainer. Hopes were high for Omaha, Gallant Fox's first son, and no one knew at the time just how amazing he would become.

Omaha standing as a young colt.
 Omaha's racing career began when he lost to Sir Lamorah in a maiden race on June 18, 1934. He then finished fourth behind Balladier in the U.S. Hotel Stakes, and fourth a second time in the Saratoga Special behind Boxthorn. In the Sanford Memorial, he got luckier. He managd to pass Boxthorn, beating him by s length and a half, but failed to catch Physic Bid, who placed first. Physic Bid also won the next race, the Hopeful Stakes. Omaha finished a head behind Esposa, who placed third.

 His best two-yeaar-old race was in the Champagne Stakes. He was neck-and-neck with Balladier, the season's top juvenile, throughout the race, and pushed him to a neck track record. Omaha lost only by a nose. After placing fourth in the Futurity Stakes, he went to his last race: the Junior Champion Stakes. Once more, he just barely failed to win, losing by a head to Sailor Beware.

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