Two of the likely top contenders for the Grade I, $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve – Arkansas Derby (GI) winner Omaha Beach and Wood Memorial victor Tacitus – arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday to begin their preparation for the “Run for the Roses.”
Omaha Beach, trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, arrived at 3 p.m. (all times Eastern) Tuesday and is stabled in Barn 28. Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Omaha Beach became a top Kentucky Derby contender following his narrow victory over Game Winner in the March 16 Rebel Stales (GII) and one-length score over Improbable in last Saturday's Arkansas Derby (GI).
Arriving 11 hours prior to Omaha Beach was Juddmonte Farms' homebred Tacitus for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. Tacitus, a son of top sire Tapit, joined the Kentucky Derby fray with a victory in the March 9 Tampa Bay Derby (GII) prior to his 1 ¼-length win in the April 6 Wood Memorial (GII).
Tacitus was reunited with his stablemate, and fellow Derby contender, Country House in Barn 19.
A total of seven Kentucky Derby contenders are on the grounds at Churchill Downs; the others are By My Standards (Barn 23), Improbable (Barn 33), Long Range Toddy (Barn 38) and Plus Que Parfait (Barn 9). Anothertwistoffate (Barn 31) is also at Churchill Downs but needs three defections to gain entry into the Derby field.
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