George M. Odom

George Odom became the second man to win the Belmont Stakes as both a jockey (1904 aboard Delhi) and trainer (1938 with Pasteurized), joining fellow Hall of Famer James G. Rowe, Sr.

George Odom, c. 1901-1903 (Keeneland Library Cook Collection/Museum Collection)
Inducted

1955

Born

July 8, 1882, Columbus, Georgia

Died

July 29, 1964, New York City, New York

Wins

527

Racing Record

17.2

Win %

Biography

George Odom became the second man to win the Belmont Stakes as both a jockey (1904 aboard Delhi) and trainer (1938 with Pasteurized), joining fellow Hall of Famer James G. Rowe, Sr.

Riding in what at the time was an innovative short-stirrup style, Odom was one of the elite riders of the early 1900s. He rode Bannister to victory in the 1901 Metropolitan and Toboggan handicaps; Bannister won the latter under 130 pounds. Odom also won the Champagne with Kilmarnok (1899) and Oiseau (1904); the Matron with Heno (1901) and Eugene Burch (1902); a second Toboggan with Hurst Park (1904); and the Great American and Juvenile stakes with Hall of Famer Broomstick in 1903.

Other standouts ridden by Odom included Hall of Famer Imp, Gold Heels, Ethelbert, and Advance Guard.

As a trainer, he saddled 44 stakes winners, including Hall of Famer Busher. He also trained Thumbs Up, Nimba, Tippity Witchet, Purchase, Honeymoon, and Young Peter. His major wins as a trainer included two editions of the Futurity, Tremont, Test, and Manhattan Handicap, as well as the Santa Anita Handicap, Travers, Metropolitan Handicap, and Santa Anita Oaks, among others. 

Achievements

Triple Crown Highlights

Won the 1904 Belmont Stakes — Delhi
Won the a938 Belmont Stakes (as trainer) — Pasteurized

Other Highlights

Won the Champagne Stakes — 1899, 1904
Won the Matron Stakes — 1901, 1902
Won the Toboggan Handicap — 1901, 1904
Won the Brighton Handicap — 1902, 1903
Won the Metropolitan Handicap — 1901
Won the Saratoga Handicap — 1903

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