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

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UPDATED: Santa Anita Rejects CHRB Request To End Meet; 29th Horse Dies Hours Later

(The following story was updated to include a joint statement from The Stronach Group, Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers.) A 28th horse died after racing at Santa Anita’s meet Saturday, prompting the California Horse Racing Board to request the track end its meet early, according to the Los Angeles Times. The track […]

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Omaha Beach’s Return To California Delayed, Colt’s Throat ‘Not Healed Enough Yet’ After Surgery

Omaha Beach’s landing at Santa Anita has been delayed. Originally scheduled to arrive tomorrow, the pre-race favorite for the May 4 Kentucky Derby was declared out of the race on May 1 due to an entrapped epiglottis, necessitating throat surgery that was performed May 3 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington. The son of […]

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Omaha Beach Could Head Home As Soon As This Weekend

Kentucky Derby morning line favorite Omaha Beach is recovering well from surgery for an entrapped epiglottis and could return home to his Santa Anita base as soon as Sunday, according to the Daily Racing Form’s Steve Andersen. After undergoing surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, the colt continued his recovery at WinStar Farm. Since […]

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‘Emotional’ Mandella Returns To Santa Anita; Omaha Beach To Follow

This morning, Richard Mandella was back at the last place he expected to be four days ago—his home base of Santa Anita. It was late Wednesday afternoon in Kentucky when it was announced that the three-year-old he trains, Omaha Beach, who happened to be the favorite to win today’s 145th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, would […]

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Derby Notes: ‘We’re All On Pins And Needles The Whole Way’

Trainer Richard Mandella met with reporters Thursday morning a day after declaring Kentucky Derby morning-line favorite Omaha Beach out of Saturday’s race because of an entrapped epiglottis. “The good part is that the horse is going to be OK,” Mandella said. “It really isn’t that serious. It’s just the timing. We’re going to do a […]

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Triple Crown News Minute Presented By Kentucky Equine Research: It’s All Relative

Kentucky Derby 145 was dealt a tough blow Wednesday with word that favorite Omaha Beach would scratch with a throat issue. It was difficult news for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s team, as well as his many supporters, but Mandella kept his sense of humor on the track Thursday morning. Omaha Beach will be […]

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Despite Breathing Issue, Surgery, Omaha Beach Could Be Back For Summer Classics

Omaha Beach is out of the Kentucky Derby, but don’t count him out later this summer, his trainer Richard Mandella told media Thursday. Wednesday, news broke that the predicted Derby favorite was scratched from the race due to an entrapped epiglottis, which should be corrected by surgery that was planned Thursday at Rood and Riddle […]

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Favored Omaha Beach Out Of Derby With Entrapped Epiglottis

Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach will be scratched from Saturday’s 145th Kentucky Derby due to an entrapped epiglottis, according to Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman first reported the news Wednesday evening. “After training this morning we noticed him cough a few times,” Mandella said. “It caused us to scope […]

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Clocker Harrington: Game Winner Should ‘Show Up,’ Roadster ‘Just Keeps Coming At You’

Andy Harrington has been assiduously clocking horses at his Club House locale since Santa Anita’s two-tiered meet began last Dec. 26, so who better to solicit an opinion from on locally based three-year-olds that will try to win the 145th Kentucky Derby a week from today? He has been meticulous in his observation of not only […]

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