Born: March 8, 1974
Died: December 9, 2003
Dam: Sweet Tooth
18 Starts: 6 Wins,6 Places, 1 Shows
Career Earnings: $368,034
Our Mims earned Calumet Farm their first Eclipse award after her stunning 3 year old season. She won the Oaklawn Fantasy Stakes, the Coaching Club American Oaks, Alabama Stakes, and the Delaware Handicap, and finished second in the 1977 Kentucky Oaks.
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The majestic mare by Herbager out of Sweet Tooth raced under the devil’s red and blue silks of Calumet Farm. Her wins in the Fantasy Stakes, the Coaching Club American Oaks, the Alabama and Delaware Stakes secured her place in history: She was named the 1977 Eclipse Champion 3-Year-Old Filly.
In August of 1978, Our Mims fractured the cannon bone in her right foreleg during a morning workout at Saratoga and was retired to the Calumet broodmare band. She bore eleven foals, including Slewvescent (by Seattle Slew) and Mimbet (Elmhurst’s dam). Unfortunately, Calumet fell into dire financial straits, and Mims was sold in the dispersal sale at Keeneland in November of 1990. Jeanne found Mims years later in a cattle field, nearly forgotten. She found a way to bring the elder champion to her own farm… and a wonderful friendship was formed. The rest, as they say, is history.
Our Mims Retirement Haven exists because of Our Mims’ memory, a promise made… and kept. Today we honor the great mare. Our Mims, while we miss your physical body, your spirit guides us. We know you watch over us, take care of us, and help us stay true to our mission of helping the elder Ladies live the end of their lives with love and respect. We ask our friends, family, and donors to join us in remembering her with peppermints and perhaps a donation.
Our Mims: Famous, Forgotten, Found, Forever…
Excerpt from Mims Retirement Facebook post March 8, 2014.
Excerpts from Calumet press release issued July 28, 1977:
“Even now, the glory that was Calumet 20 and 30 years ago is reaching out to lend a hand in the resurgence of the stable. Sweet Tooth, the dam of both Our Mims and Alydar, traces back to a purchase made by Warren Wright in 1948. At that time the baking powder magnate from Chicago acquired Blue Delight from breeder Henry Knight, bred her to his remarkable sire, Bull Lea, and got a filly named Real Delight who won over $250,000. Real Delight who swept the Kentucky Oaks, the Pimlico Oaks and the Coaching Club American Oaks of 1952, was bred to Ponder and produced Plum Cake, a stakes-winning filly and a stakes-producer as a broodmare. Plum Cake, bred to On-And-On, a winner of $390,718, produced Sweet Tooth.”
“Our Mims, who carried the Calumet Farm’s devil’s red and blue colors to victory in the $109,800 Coaching Club American Oaks, is steered to Belmont Park workout by exercise rider Graham Bell. Between 1941 and 1968, Calumet Thoroughbreds won a record eight Kentucky Derbys and clinched more Preaknesses than any other stable. Calumet Farm’s Our Mims shows off the fancy footwork that helped her to win the recent mile and a half Coaching Club American Oaks at Belmont Park. The three-year-old filly’s success has highlighted the resurgence of Calumet as one of racing’s leading stables. Exercise rider is Graham Bell.”