'Good news' as Mandella names Omaha Beach's next target race

Del Mar Stable Notes
August 18, 2019 08:13pm
Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella on Sunday provided an update on Omaha Beach and United, who have had recent setbacks due to illness. Plans for Omaha Beach to run in next Sunday’s Shared Belief Stakes were scuttled Saturday, and United was scratched from the Del Mar Handicap (G2).

“The good news is that his bloodwork looks good, which means that it’s a virus and not infectious,” Mandella said of Omaha Beach. “He and United are in the same boat.

“They’ll both be back in a week, give or take a few days.”

The new target race for Omaha Beach is Santa Anita Park's Grade 1, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes, a Sept. 28 race that offers a "Win and You're In" trip to the Breeders' Cup Classic. A son of War Front last seen winning the Arkansas Derby (G1), Omaha Beach would face older competition for the first time, potentially in a matchup with the Bob Baffert-trained Whitney Stakes (G1) winner McKinzie.

Mandella, in an interview Saturday with Horse Racing Nation, also mentioned the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby set for Sept. 21 at Parx Racing but has apparently decided to stay hime with Fox Hill Farms' Omaha Beach.

United, meanwhile, will point to the Grade 2, $200,000 John Henry Turf Championship the same day at Santa Anita, where he could see Del Mar Handicap winner Acclimate, who took Saturday's race on the front end for trainer Phil D'Amato.

Bombard, who Mandella scratched from Sunday’s Del Mar Mile (G2), shows no signs of the virus, but has a bruised foot.

“No big deal," Mandella said. "He’ll get over it."


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