Omaha Beach 'not quite healed up,' return to Santa Anita delayed

Ed Golden, Santa Anita
May 19, 2019 09:57am

Omaha Beach’s landing at Santa Anita has been delayed.


Originally scheduled to arrive Sunday, the morning line Kentucky Derby favorite won't return to his Santa Anita Park base for another week or so.

Omaha Beach was declared out of the race on May 1 due to an entrapped epiglottis, necessitating throat surgery that was performed May 3 at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky.

The son of War Front, trained by Richard Mandella and campaigned by Fox Hill Farms, is recuperating at WinStar Farm.

"But he’s not quite healed up yet,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “He’ll be on a plane to California but we don’t have a schedule to know when that is.


“It shouldn’t be too long, perhaps a week or so. He is healing from the procedure, but it’s just not healed enough yet to ship him right now.”

Omaha Beach entered the Derby having won three straight races, breaking his maiden before taking Oaklawn Park's Rebel Stakes (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1).

At a news conference following Omaha Beach's scratch from the Derby, Mandella mentioned 3-year-old staples the Haskell (G1) and Travers (G1) as potential targets along with Del Mar's Pacific Classic (G1) against older horses.

The Breeders' Cup Classic is "
the obvious big goal," he added. "We'll find something else to do."

 

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