Triple Crown Winner Omaha, Returns to Name Place, There to Stand at Stud: Arrangements to Have Sire in Service at Nominal Fee Completed by Ak-Sar-Ben, Daily Racing Form, 1950-05-11


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Triple Crown7 Winner Omaha, Returns To Name Place, There to Stand at Stud Arrangements to Have Sire In Service at Nominal Fee Completed by Ak-Sar-Ben OMAHA, Nebr., May 10. — Omaha, one of the immortals of the American turf, is coming to his name place, Omaha, Nebraska, to continue his career in the stud. Completion of arrangements was announced today by James P. Lee, chairman of the racing committee for the Board of Governors of Ak-Sar-Ben, who will be in charge of the famous equine during his stay here. The visit here of the famous horse — one of eight in all American history to win the "Triple Crown" of racing— was worked out at a series of conferences in New York between his owner, William Woodward, master of Belair Stud and former chairman of The Jockey Club; John A. Morris, chairman of the breeding bureau of The Jockey Club, and general manager J. J. Isaacson of Ak-Sar-Ben. "Through the generosity of Mr. Woodward, we will have the services of this great horse in the upbuilding of the thoroughbred industry in the middle-west," said Lee. "He will be available to owners of approved mares of Nebraska and western Iowa at the nominal fee of 5, which will be utilized for civic purposes, with Ak-Sar-Ben paying all expenses." In 1943, Woodward loaned Omaha to The Jockey Club breeding bureau at Avon, N. Y., where his services have been available in the Genesee Valley at a very moderate fee. His career at stud has been excellent, his get having won ,037,614-to the close of the 1949 season. Prevaricator and Hidalgo being two of his best known offspring. He will be shipped to Omaha upon the conclusion of his New York engagements, in September. Omaha, by Gallant Fox out of Flambino, was the champion three-year-old of 1935 when he won the "Triple Crown" of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, as his sire had done before him. The only other horses in American turf history to perform this feat were Sir Barton, 1919; Gallant Fox, 1930; War Admiral, 1937; Whirlaway, 1941; Count Fleet, 1943; Assault, 1946, and Citation, 1948. Incidentally, with Gallant Fox and Omaha, Mr. Woodward as breeder and James Fitzsimmons as trainer became the only breeder-trainer combination to win the "Triple Crown" twice. During his racing career, Omaha won a total of 34,880 in a period when purses were only a fraction of what they are today. His record included a gallant trip to England, where he failed by a scant margin to win the famous Ascot Gold Cup, finishing second.

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