Munnings Colt Om Ends Year on a High
Talented colt Om (3c Munnings x Rare Cat, by Tabasco Cat) ended a highly productive year with his third Graded victory when taking the $201,500 Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile at Santa Anita on the weekend. Trained by Dan Hendricks, Om had already won the Grade II Del Mar Derby and Santa Anita Twilight Derby this year, ending his current campaign with a length and three-quarter win in this one mile turf feature. "The race set up perfectly for him,” winning conditioner Dan Hendricks remarked. “He's got the natural speed to be placed wherever Gary [Stevens] wants. We were either going to the front or going to sit second today, and it just worked out perfect. Gary rode him perfectly, the horse ran perfectly and I did an OK job training him, so I'm happy with how it all turned out.” Om has now won five of his 10 starts earning over $550,000 in prizemoney. A $60,000 Keeneland September Yearling, he fetched $125,000 when re-offered as a two year-old at the Barretts March Sale after breezing a furlong in a tick over 10 seconds. Om is a half-brother to stakes-placed Bear Dixiecat from Rare Cat, a half-sister to Grade III winner Rare Rock.