‘Don’t Be Afraid To Dream Big’: Mandella Sends Letter To 7-Year-Old Omaha Beach Fan

by | 05.25.2019 | 4:23pm
Richard Mandella with Omaha Beach at Churchill Downs earlier this year

On the morning of Omaha Beach's final work before the Kentucky Derby, April 27, trainer Richard Mandella noticed a 7-year-old boy in the crowd of onlookers at the barn watching the colt cool out. Noah Singleton from nearby Charlestown, Ind. was looking on with interest, and Mandella asked the boy if he'd like to pet Omaha Beach, according to bloodhorse.com.

Singleton agreed, and had his picture taken with the early Derby favorite.

News Radio WHAS anchor/reporter Paul Miles revealed earlier this week that the interaction between Hall of Fame trainer and young racing fan continued beyond that morning. Singleton received a letter from Mandella several weeks after the meeting.

“Don't be afraid to dream big,” the letter reads in part, “because anything is possible if you work hard and behave yourself.”

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