Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella was dealing with a virus in his stable that forced him to scratch United from Saturday's $250,000 Grade II Del Mar Handicap presented by the Japan Racing Association, and reconsider plans for Omaha Beach in the Shared Belief or Pat O'Brien Stakes next weekend.
“They both have symptoms of the virus that is going around – mucus and congestion,” Mandella said via text. “A couple of my two-year-olds have it with a fever but Omaha and United do not have a fever yet.”
Del Mar Mile entrant Bombard is reportedly among horses being monitored for the virus.
Omaha Beach, the early favorite for the Kentucky Derby, was scratched days before the race with a throat problem. United, a 4-year-old son of Giant's Causeway, was the 3-1 second choice for the Del Mar Handicap.
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