1997 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Elmhurst

1997 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Elmhurst

Anne M. Eberhardt

Elmhurst to Reside at Our Mims in Kentucky

Elmhurst set a stakes record in the 1997 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner Elmhurst is scheduled to be returned to Kentucky to reside at Jeanne Mirabito’s Our Mims Retirement Haven near Paris. The 21-year-old gelding, whose second dam is champion Our Mims, formerly resided at Kathy Plaisted’s Rocking Horse Ranch near El Cajon, Calif.

Bred in Kentucky by Calumet Farm, Elmhurst won the 1997 Breeders’ Cup Sprint as a 7-year-old for the partnership of C.N. Ray’s Evergreen Farm and trainer Jenine Sahadi. Last of 14 after the first quarter-mile in the Sprint, Elmhurst hurried home to set a stakes-record of 1:08.01 for the six furlongs at Hollywood Park.

That year Elmhurst also won the Ancient Title Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. III) at six furlongs at Santa Anita and set a track record of 1:26.60 for 7 1/2 furlongs at Hollywood. During his career he won or placed in 25 of 51 races and earned $1,100,567.

Retired to Ray’s Evergreen Farm near Paris, Elmhurst (Wild Again—Mimbet, by Raise a Native) eventually was shipped to California, where he slipped below the radar to resurface in 2008 at Rocking Horse Ranch.

“Every time I look at Our Mims’ pedigree page I see the name Elmhurst,” Mirabito said. “Now I’ll see him in person and in our pasture. It’s almost like a dream. Our Mims’ grandson is coming home.”

An arrival date has not been announced.