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Bloodstock Desk: Former US champion Our Mims is put down.

OUR MIMS, North America's champion filly of 1977 and a half-sister to the star racehorse and sire Alydar, was put down at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital on December 9 after an attack of colic.

A daughter of Herbager and 1977 Broodmare of the Year Sweet Tooth, by On-and-On, Our Mims raced for Calumet Farm during its heyday. Like Alydar and another

half-sibling, Sweet Tooth, she was bred by Calumet and trained by John Veitch to win at the top level in Calumet's famous red and blue colours.

As a juvenile, she was neither outstanding nor overly disappointing, finishing second in five of seven starts, including two Graded stakes races.

However, she improved mightily at three,

winning a Hialeah Park maiden on her seasonal debut and then taking the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes. Although she lost five starts at three, she won the big ones - the Coaching Club American Oaks, the Alabama Stakes and the Delaware Handicap, all Grade 1s - enough to crown her champion three-year-old filly.

She ran once more at four, winning a Belmont Park allowance race.

None of Our Mims' foals was as successful as she. Indeed, she never produced a stakes


However, her daughter Mimbet is the dam of 1997 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Elmhurst (by Wild Again) and another daughter, Heavenly Blue, is the grand-dam of 2003 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes winner Continuously (Diesis). Both Mimbet and Heavenly Blue, like Alydar, are by Raise A Native.

Our Mims was sold at the Keeneland January Sale in 1991 after Calumet went bankrupt. Emmanuel de Seroux's Narvick International bought her for $190,000.

She spent the final years of her life, from 1999 onwards, in the ReRun thoroughbred adoption program in Kentucky. Our Mims was buried at Calumet.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2003
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