Omaha in Douglas County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Omaha was foaled March 24, 1932, at Claiborne Breeding Farm in Paris, Kentucky. He was owned by William G. Woodward's famed Belair Stud. The chestnut colt was out of Flambino by Wrack, standing 16.3 hands and weighing 1,300 pounds in his prime. He was trained by "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons and ridden in his great American races by William "Smokey" Saunders. As a four-year-old Omaha was shipped to England where he won the Victor Wild Stakes and the Queen's Plate.
Omaha was retired to stud after his fourth season. In 1950 he was brought to Nebraska by breeders interested in improving Nebraska thoroughbreds. He was taken to the Grove Porter Farm near Nebraska City where he lived until his death on April 24, 1959. He was buried here by special invitation from Ak-Sar-Ben in honor of the great place he had earned in the annals of American racing. Betti Richard, an internationally known sculptor, fashioned the life-like bronze figure of Omaha which marks the grave. .
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 41° 14.3′ N, 96° 0.833′ W. Marker is in Omaha, Nebraska, in Douglas County. Marker is at the intersection of Center Street and 67th Street, on the right on Center Street. Click for map. In Stinson Park near the obelisk. Marker is in this post office area: Omaha NE 68106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jan Rosicky (approx. one mile away); Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Dundee Memorial Park Streetcar Wall (approx. 2 miles away); First Lady Betty Ford (approx. 2.8 miles away); President Gerald R. Ford (approx. 2.8 miles away); The City of Omaha, Nebraska (approx. 2.8 miles away); Territory and State of Nebraska (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hanscom Park Flower Garden (approx. 2.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Omaha.
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