12/10/2003 12:00AM

Our Mims euthanized


Our Mims, the champion 3-year-old filly of 1977, died Dec. 9 at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Our Mims, 29, was euthanized after colicking.

Our Mims, a daughter of Herbager, was one of three outstanding racehorses produced by Sweet Tooth. The others were Alydar, runner-up in all three of the 1978 Triple Crown races, born the year after Our Mims, and a 1977 foal, Sugar and Spice, winner of the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes.

Trained by John Veitch, Our Mims was one of a series of talented homebreds to carry the famous devil's red and blue Calumet colors in the 1970's. In 1976, she looked like a promising juvenile filly but failed to win her maiden, finishing second in 5 of her 7 starts that season, including the Demoiselle and Tempted Stakes. But at 3, Our Mims was nearly indomitable. She won the Alabama Stakes, Delaware Handicap, and Coaching Club American Oaks, all Grade 1, as well as the Grade 2 Fantasy Stakes, to clinch her title.

Our Mims competed in 1978 just once, winning an allowance race in the Belmont slop, and retired with a career record of 18-6-6-1 and $368,034 in earnings.

Our Mims never produced a stakes winner, but she is the granddam of the 1997 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner, Elmhurst, and third dam of Grade 1 winner Continuously.

In 1991, when Calumet's stock was dispersed as the farm fell into bankruptcy, Our Mims went through the auction ring at Keeneland's January sale. Narvick International purchased her for $190,000.

In 1999, Our Mims was donated to the ReRun Thoroughbred retirement and retraining program, where Jeanne Mirabito adopted her. Our Mims was buried at the Calumet cemetery in Lexington.