Omaha Beach heads to Kentucky with 'breed-shaping potential'

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January 27, 2020 08:56am

Omaha Beach, War Front’s three-time Grade 1-winning 3-year-old of 2019, is scheduled to arrive to his new home late Monday at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky.

The son of War Front most recently scratched as the Pegasus World Cup (G1) favorite, putting an end to his career on track due to swelling in one of his legs. The minor ailment isn't expected to slow his transition to the stud barn.


“This is a special horse with true breed-shaping potential, and we are hopeful his impact will carry on as an important sire for decades to come,” said Ned Toffey, general manager at Spendthrift. “The response we’ve had from the breeding community has been overwhelming and very positive.

"We plan to show Omaha Beach at the farm for a brief period at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Then, we want to allow him to settle into his new surroundings and new lifestyle as we prepare for the upcoming breeding season.”


Trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, Omaha Beach jumped onto the 2019 Triple Crown trail last year with three consecutive victories, breaking his maiden by open lengths at Santa Anita Park before winning a division of Oaklawn Park's Rebel Stakes (G2) and the Arkansas Derby (G1), which included eventual Kentucky Derby favorite Improbable and the winner via DQ, Country House.


A race week scratch for the Derby, too, Omaha Beach returned from throat surgery to defeat older competition as well as the leading 3-year-old sprinter Shancelot in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1). He then rebounded from a sluggish start and runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile to cap his career with a dominant Malibu Stakes (G1) victory.

Omaha Beach became the first horse in 30 years to win Grade 1 at six furlongs and 1 1/8 miles in the same year.


“I think Omaha Beach is as good as they come. They just don’t get any better,” said Mandella.


Campaigned by Fox Hill Farms, Omaha Beach retires to Spendthrift with earnings of $1,651,800. He hails from one of the industry’s most productive dirt families in recent years being out of the Seeking the Gold mare Charming, making him a half-brother to 2014 Breeders’ Cup winner and Champion Two-Year-Old Filly Take Charge Brandi. Omaha Beach’s second dam is three-time Grade 1-winning millionaire Take Charge Lady, who was named Broodmare of the Year in 2013 after her son Will Take Charge was Champion Three-Year-Old Colt that same year. She’s also the dam of Florida Derby (G1) winner Take Charge Indy.


Omaha Beach will stand his first season in 2020 for a fee of $45,000 S&N. He joins a freshman class at Spendthrift that also includes recently named Champion Dirt Male Vino Rosso and Champion Male Sprinter Mitole.


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