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Twenty-one years ago this week the famous race horse Omaha won the 61st Kentucky Derby, beating Roman Soldier by a length and a half. The son of Gallant Fox, Omaha was bred for distance but usually was a slow starter. He was ridden by Jockey Willie (Smoky) Saunders and owned by William Woodward Sr. Within a month of the Derby victory, the gangling chestnut had become the third horse in U.S. racing history to win the Triple Crown (Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes). Today he is at stud near his namesake city, Omaha, Nebraska.