Ask those who are Omaha born-and-bred and they can tell you stories about the Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack. It was known as one of the most popular scenes in Midwest horse racing for decades during the 20th century. When popularity in the sport declined, the land was sold to First Data Resources who donated more than half of that land to UNO.
In the years since, UNO has added Scott Hall, Scott Village, Scott Court, Scott Crossing, Maverick Landing and Mammel Hall. Many of the UNO buildings sit completely inside what once was the Ak-Sar-Ben track's infield.
Today, if you walk around Aksarben Village, which is located between UNO's Scott and Center Campuses, you may notice a monument featuring a bronze replica of the head of a horse named "Omaha."
Omaha was a thoroughbred race horse known for winning the Triple Crown in 1935. Once, his racing career was over, he retired to a farm near Nebraska City where he passed away in 1959, he was taken to Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack and buried.
Though the monument was placed on the corner of 67th and Center Street, just across from Baxter Arena, his exact resting place remains unknown.
Learn more about the race history of Ak-Sar-Ben.
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