Published: Fri, May 03, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

How did Omaha Beach's scratch shake up Saturday's Kentucky Derby?

How did Omaha Beach's scratch shake up Saturday's Kentucky Derby?

Morning line favorite Omaha Beach has reportedly been pulled from the race.

Trainer Richard Mandella told The Associated Press the colt developed a cough and a subsequent veterinary exam showed Omaha Beach has an entrapped epiglottis.

The defection of Omaha Beach, who is owned by Rick Porter's Fox Hill Farm, marks the third time in 11 years the Kentucky Derby morning-line favorite has been scratched after Uncle Mo (2012) and I Want Revenge (2009).

Bodexpress (30-1) draws into the Kentucky Derby field in post position 20, and all horses outside Omaha Beach (13-20) will move over one position.

Omaha Beach had breezed impressively over the Churchill Downs track for a week, including a stout five-furlong workout over the weekend.

With that being said, Mandella didn't rule the horse out for the Breeders' Cup at the end of the year.

Kentucky Derby spokesman Darren Rogers tweeted the news Wednesday evening.

Omaha Beach is out of the Kentucky Derby, with a trapped epiglottis. Smith has ridden Roadster in all of his races to date. Yesterday, news broke that the predicted Derby favorite was scratched from the race due to an entrapped epiglottis, which should be corrected by surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital this afternoon.

The role of likely favorite now falls to Game Winner, who was the 5-1 second choice. "He's OK. It's nothing life-threatening, which is the most important thing". Like Roadster, Game Winner and Improbable are trained by Baffert, who's seeking his record-tying sixth Kentucky Derby victory after winning with Justify previous year. In terms of the Triple Crown, the most momentous scratch was I'll Have Another defecting from the Belmont the day before he was to run for the Triple Crown in 2012.

Like this: