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2019 Triple Crown Contenders

Omaha Beach

Trainer: Richard Mandella
Jockey: Mike Smith
Owner: Fox Hill Farms, Inc.

Foaling Date: 4-24-2016
Pedigree: War Front - Charming by Seeking the Gold
Dosage Profile: 6-5-13-0-0
Dosage Index / CD: 2.69   0.71
2018 Record: 3 Starts: 0 - 2 - 1, $27,800
Best Beyer Figure: 101
Auction Price: $625,000 RNA

Note:   Omaha Beach raced 3 times as a 2-year-old at Del Mar and Santa Anita, but never finished better than 2nd. He broke his maiden in his second start of 2019 at Santa Anita then shipped to Oaklawn and won a division of the Rebel Stakes (G2) and then the Arkansas Derby (G1) for his final prep. He was scratched from the Kentucky Derby (G1) as the morning line favorite (see below).

Update as of 6:30pm 5/1 - Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach will be scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis, according to Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. "After training this morning we noticed him cough a few times," Mandella said. "It caused us to scope him and we found an entrapped epiglottis. We can't fix it this week so we'll have to have a procedure done in a few days and probably be out of training for three weeks. We'll have to figure out a whole new game plan."

The epiglottis is a triangular-shaped cartilage that lies at the base of the airway just in front of the arytenoid cartilages which cover the airway during swallowing. When an abnormality occurs in this area it can hinder the performance of horses.

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