One of Om’s claims to fame is an also-ran from his maiden special weight victory back on August 9, 2014. Om broke his maiden at Del Mar that day, and running fifth was a colt named American Pharoah. American Pharoah would taste defeat just once more, when second in the Travers, during a historic career that included a sweep of the 2015 Triple Crown and a grand finale victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.
In spite of his seven plus length margin of victory in that maiden race, there would be no Triple Crown pursuit for Om. The colt inflamed a growth plate in his leg and was away from the races for eight months.
In spite of missing a lucrative sophomore season, Om is having a pretty nice career, especially since switching to the turf. Among his five lifetime wins are three G2 events late last year – the Del Mar Derby Stakes, Twilight Derby, and Mathis Brothers Miles Stakes. He also ran third in the G1 Hollywood Derby.
A flashy chestnut son of Munnings with a lot of chrome, Om was a $60,000 yearling purchase as a yearling in 2013, and brought $125,000 at Barretts as a 2-year-old in training. He heads into the Mile with earnings of $654,845.
Om got his name from a statement by his owner KB Sareen, a native of India who flew into Los Angeles International Airport in 1980 with only $2,000 and a big dream, and eventually became a managing partner at New York Life.
"'Om' is a word that is dedicated to yoga, to calm people down to go into meditation," Sareen said in a July 2015 Blood Horse article. "When I saw him for the first time, he was fidgety — jumping around, difficult to touch. I said, maybe he needs to recite 'Om,' and that became his name."