Omaha Beach ‘Slow In Healing’ After Throat Surgery, But Colt Finally Headed Back To California

by | 06.10.2019 | 3:55pm
Omaha Beach prepares to head back to trainer Richard Mandella in Southern California

The pre-Kentucky Derby favorite had to miss the race due to an entrapped epiglottis which required surgery, and now five weeks later Omaha Beach is finally heading back to trainer Richard Mandella's barn in Southern California.

“Mandella wanted to make sure that we scoped him before we put him on the plane, and he scoped A-OK this morning,” owner Rick Porter told “It was a little slow in healing, but he's healed.”

The 3-year-old son of War Front has been recovering at WinStar Farm since his May 3 surgery, which included time in a hyperbaric chamber and was overseen by trainer Destin Heath.

“Destin's been taking great care of him and again, WinStar has all the facilities,” Porter said. “Recently they've been riding him in the barn for the last week or 10 days and he's been outside in a pen. For a while he was not himself. He was really laid back. Again, in the last week or 10 days, he's really become alert and full of himself.”

Prior to his surgery, Omaha Beach won both the G2 Rebel and G1 Arkansas Derby in his preparations for the Run for the Roses. No timetable has been scheduled for the colt's return to the races.


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