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George M. Odom

George Odom
George M. Odom
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   George Odom rode at the turn-of-the-century. He won 17.2% of his races and was inducted in the Hall of Fame as a jockey, but he also found considerable success as a trainer.

   Odom began his career by galloping horses for Hall of Fame trainer William P. Burch at age 14. Two years later Odom won his first race on a mount trained by Burch.

   Odom was one of the early proponents of the short-stirrup riding style in use today. His most famous mount was Broomstick, winner of the Great America and the Juvenile Stakes. Odom won the Woodlawn Vase trophy three times---in races won by Advance Guard, Ethelbert, and Gold Heels.

   Odom is one of the few jockeys to ride and then later train winners of the Belmont Stakes. He took Delhi to victory in the 1904 Belmont. Thirty-four years later he saddled Pasteurized for victory at Belmont.

   Odom saddled 44 stakes winners as a trainer. His most famous charge was Hall of Fame filly Busher, earnings leader in 1945. He also trained Thumbs Up, Nimba, Tippity Witchet, and Purchase.

   George M. Odom was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1955.