Omaha Beach: Malibu, Pegasus Named As Post-Breeders’ Cup Targets

by | 10.15.2019 | 6:05pm
Omaha Beach (right) just edges Shancelot in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship under Mike Smith

While trainer Richard Mandella has not announced a final decision on a Breeders' Cup race for Omaha Beach, the 3-year-old son of War Front is expected to race after the Nov. 2 World Championships. According to horseracingnation.com, the Grade 1 Malibu over seven furlongs on Dec. 26 is the current mid-range target, while the G1 Pegasus World Cup (nine furlongs) on Jan. 25 is planned as his final start before heading off to stud at Spendthrift Farm.

“Some people were talking about, 'We don't even want to pull for him. This is his last race,'” said Fox Hill Farm racing assistant Victoria Keith. “Well, we sure hope it's not his last race.”

Pulled from the Kentucky Derby to undergo surgery for an entrapped epiglottis, Omaha Beach made his first start since winning the Arkansas Derby in the Oct. 5 G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship. In that six-furlong race, he defeated the talented sprinter Shancelot by a head.

Mandella is leaning toward the Breeders' Cup Sprint for Omaha Beach, according to Rick Porter. Other options include the Dirt Mile and the Classic.

Read more at horseracingnation.com.

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