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From the Archives: Omaha wins Triple Crown in 1935

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On June 6, 2015, American Pharoah made history as the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978.

American Pharoah's victory came just a few days short of the 80th anniversary of the third Triple Crown, won by Omaha on June 8, 1935.

Following his death, Omaha was buried at Ak-Sar-Ben Racetrack in 1957. A bronze memorial currently marks his grave at Aksarben Village.

Omaha's big win in the Belmont did not receive big play in the June 9th World-Herald, appearing as a small story on the second page of the sports section.

This was the story that ran under the headline: Omaha Easily Takes Stakes

Belmont Park, L.I., June 8. - William Woodward's Omaha again came into his own Saturday at Belmont Park when he won the Belmont stakes, worth $35,480.

Some 25 thousand race followers gave the triumph wild acclaim. The son of Gallant Fox was an odds-on favorite, quotes at 7 to 10. The victory gave him turfdom's crown, including the Kentucky derby and the Preakness, previously earned only by Gallant Fox in 1930, and Sit Barton in 1919.

Firethorn was second and Rosemont was in the picture. Cold Shoulder was fourth and Sir Beverley, the winner's teammate, last of the quintet.

The race was run through a downpour which made the course sloppy so that the winner's performance of a mile and a half in 2:30 3-5 was a glistening one.

Going of the back stretch Cold Shoulder was five lengths in front and showed no signs of stopping. Omaha was third. Midway round the bend, Rosemont was shot up into second place but this move proved but a flash. Straightened away, Firethorn took up the pace Omaha at his flank and in a drive which lasted throughout the stretch, Jockey Saunders got Omaha up in the last sixteenth to go on to a win of a length and a half.

But a photo of Omaha winning the Triple Crown did run at the top of the front page of the sports section on June 10th.

View a pdf of the June 9th coverage here. And a pdf of the June 10th sports front page here.

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