1977 Champion Filly Our Mims Enters ReRun Program

Thanks to Bourbon County Times writer Jeanne Mirabito, 25-year-old Our Mims now has a chance to live out her life in a manner befitting a racehorse who was once at the pinnacle of our sport.

Mirabito, who resides on a farm in Bourbon County, became concerned by the worsening condition of Our Mims, pastured on a nearby farm. She remembered Our Mims racing days when her wins in the Coaching Club American Oaks, the Alabama Stakes, the Delaware Handicap and Fantasy Stakes and her second-place finishes in the Kentucky Oaks, Demoiselle and Tempted Stakes earned her top honors of Champion Three-Year-Old filly in 1977.

But that was then, and a mediocre career as a broodmare, the last six years of which have been non-productive, found her turned out and forgotten. Mirabito became concerned when the mare seemed to be going downhill fast due to a lack of forage with this years drought conditions.

Mirabito contacted ReRun about accepting Our Mims into the placement program after talking the current owner into donating the mare. ReRun agreed immediately, and in turn contacted T.U.R.F., (Thoroughbred United Retirement Fund) a group of cyberspace-connected race fans and Thoroughbred owners concerned with the notable horses who are falling through the cracks when their earning potential is gone.

"We jumped at the chance to support a horse like Our Mims," said Carol Sinclair, T.U.R.F. founder, president and Thoroughbred owner. "This is just one more example of the what have you done for me lately attitude of many people in our sport."

Mirabito volunteered to keep Our Mims at her farm while awaiting a spot to open up on one of the ReRun Kentucky farms.

"I am honored to care for this mare," said Mirabito. "Any true race fan who remembers her days on the track would be."

"The general consensus in racing today seems to be that business comes before sentiment," noted Shon Wylie, ReRun president and co-founder. "Geldings are the first place that we see once-prominent equine athletes meeting bad ends. Another group in danger are the broodmares, some once-great runners and producers, who are no longer making money. It is hard to believe the catalog pages on some of the elderly mares going through the sales. And theyre bringing prices so low that the slaughter buyers can make money."

But Our Mims is one of the lucky ones, found by a fan who, after 22 years, still remembers cheering her on, rooting for her as she made her bid for immortality.

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