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On This Day...

April 22, 1935

Omaha, son of 1930 Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox, didn't make his 3-year-old debut until April 22.

Trained by Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Omaha appeared in a mile and 70 yard allowance race that day at Jamaica and won by two lengths for only his second win in 10 starts. Five days later, he contested Jamaica's Wood Memorial Stakes at the same distance.

"Omaha, off very slowly, and bumped strongly at the start, had picked his way forward through the field," wrote The Blood-Horse. "When the leader (Psychic Bid) reached the quarter pole he was still 10 lengths away, but under Willie Saunders' bat he was cutting rapidly into that lead. With Plat Eye hanging gamely to second place, and Omaha closing with a tempestuous rush, (Raymond) Workman kept Today at a hand drive, and went past the judges winner by two lengths. Omaha's characteristic rush was characteristically late, and he failed by a neck to take second position from Plat Eye, though he had gained eight lengths on the leaders through the last quarter-mile....

"Next day Today was installed the 3-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby in future books, with Omaha's fine finish also drawing attention."

Omaha won the Run for the Roses at 4-1 and completed the Triple Crown with a six-length win in the Preakness and a 1 1/2-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes. The following year, he distinguished himself in Europe with a strong runner-up effort in the Ascot Gold Cup.