Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella didn't add to his Breeders' Cup victory totals during the championship event last weekend. But he came close with runner-up finishes by Omaha Beach in the $1 million Dirt Mile, beaten 2 ¾ lengths by Spun to Run, and United, beaten only a head by Horse of the Year candidate Bricks and Mortar in the $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf.
Both horses came out of the races in good shape, Mandella said Thursday. Omaha Beach will be given some time off and pointed toward multi-million-dollar races in 2020. United, a 4-year-old son of Giant's Causeway, has three wins, none of them stakes, while earning more than $850,000 in earnings from 10 career starts.
“We might run him in the turf handicap (Seabiscuit) at the end of the meeting,” Mandella said. “He's just run, so it might be a little quick, but we'll see how he is closer to the race.”
United won a 1 1/8-mile turf allowance at Del Mar on the July 17 opening day of the summer meeting. The $200,000 Grade II Seabiscuit, on November 30, is 1 1/16-miles over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.
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