Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella led Omaha Beach, recovered from an entrapped epiglottis that required a late scratch of the Kentucky Derby favorite and surgery, to the Del Mar oval Monday morning for a gallop, then took time to comment.
“I don't have big plans with him other than the Breeders' Cup in the fall,” Mandella said. “He's just galloping now, getting him legged up, and I may start breezing him in the next week or two. There's a chance I might run him in the 3-year-old stakes at the end of the meeting. If it works out. We'll see how it goes.”
The Shared Belief, formerly the El Cajon, is a $100,000 mile event on Sunday, August 25.
“I'm particularly glad to be back at Del Mar this year,” Mandella said. “It seemed like there was a black cloud over Santa Anita and anything that could go wrong did go wrong. What a shame for a track as great as that. Hopefully we start here with fresher faces and a fresh outlook.”
Mandella has Anonymity, second in the Great Lady M at Los Alamitos, as a possible for the Rancho Bernardo (Grade III, $100,000, August 11) or an outside chance at the Clement L. Hirsch (Grade I, $300,000 July 28). United, second in the Whittingham at Santa Anita in May, is entered in Wednesday's second race, a possible stepping stone to the Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Handicap on August 17.
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