A strapping chestnut colt, Omaha ran the table in 1935, one of two Triple Crown winners produced by Belair Stud, a sprawling 3,200-acre horse farm that once flourished where the town of Bowie now stands. Omaha's sire, Gallant Fox, had won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1930. But Omaha showed little flash early on, winning one of nine outings as a two-year old. Trained by Hall of Famer Sunny Jim Fitzsimmons, Omaha blossomed at three, when he took both the Derby and Belmont by 1-1/2 lengths, and the Preakness by six lengths. Two weeks after the Belmont, he lost the Brooklyn Handicap -- a defeat which cost Omaha honors as Horse of the Year. He remains the only Triple Crown winner not to receive that accolade.
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