As Omaha Beach ticks down the last days of his racing career before he goes to stud at Spendthrift Farm, many racing fans have bemoaned his hasty exit, which seems to be coming just as the colt began running his best. Fox Hill Farm owner Rick Porter told Horse Racing Nation this week that he has been thinking the same thing.
Porter told Tom Pedulla, writing for HRN, that he won't make another deal like this one, agreeing to send the horse to the breeding shed just after the close of his 3-year-old career. In fact, Porter has purchased a number of yearlings, hoping to have another top colt in upcoming racing seasons.
Spendthrift made its deal with Porter to acquire breeding rights to Omaha Beach in April of last year, when he was poised as the certain Kentucky Derby favorite and before he lost a considerable chunk of his 3-year-old season to a breathing issue and recovery from surgery.
Porter said he can understand the farm's interest in having Omaha Beach go to the breeding shed for the 2020 season, though he had hoped there would be a chance the colt would be allowed to run more than once at four.
Porter also explained he felt personally indebted to B. Wayne Hughes, owner of Spendthrift. When Porter was battling cancer in 2017, his doctors told him the cause was hopeless. Anthony Manganaro of Siena Farm contacted Hughes, who assisted in gaining Porter access to a clinical trial at a hospital in Massachusetts. That treatment has put Porter's cancer into remission.
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