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Omaha Beach Comeback Delayed A Week; To Return In Santa Anita Sprint Championship

Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach, unraced since being scratched with a throat issue as the morning line favorite for the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, will not return in the G3 Ack Ack Stakes Sept. 28 at Churchill Downs as planned, trainer Richard Mandella told the Louisville, Ky., track’s publicity department on Saturday morning. Instead, the […]

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Omaha Beach Headed To Churchill Downs Next Week For Return To Racing

Fox Hill Farm’s Kentucky Derby (Grade I) morning line favorite Omaha Beach is tentatively scheduled to return to Churchill Downs from his Southern California base Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. to compete in next Saturday’s $150,000 Ack Ack Presented by GE Appliances (GIII). Omaha Beach, trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, has not raced since he was scratched form the […]

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‘Time To Take A Break’: Dan Hendricks Stepping Away From Training

Dan Hendricks, who has trained horses on the Southern California circuit since 1981, will send out his last starter this afternoon when R L Stable’s Matson goes postward in the 10th race at Del Mar, a $50,000 maiden-claimer for 2-year-olds. “Don’t really have any plans,” said the 61-year-old conditioner when asked about his decision. “Time […]

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Omaha Beach Targeting One-Turn Ack Ack Handicap

Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach was being targeted for a comeback in Sunday’s Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar before a slight illness took him out of training. Now, the 3-year-old son of War Front has returned to galloping and will instead target the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs on Sept. 28, […]

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‘You Have To Learn How To Lose’: Disappointment A Familiar Friend For Horse Trainers

“I’ve got a lot of experience with disappointments. This game will do that to you.” –  Mel Stute, retired horse trainer Mr. Horse Trainer, please sit down. We’d like you to meet Mr. Big Disappointment.  You two are going to be running mates – probably for the rest of your lives. In the very nature […]

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Awesome Again The New Target For Mandella-Trained Omaha Beach

Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella provided an update on Omaha Beach and United, who have had recent setbacks due to illness. Plans for Omaha Beach to run in next Sunday’s Shared Belief Stakes were scuttled and United was scratched from Saturday’s Del Mar Handicap. “The good news is that his bloodwork looks good, which […]

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Omaha Beach, United Affected By Virus, ‘Mucus And Congestion’

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 […]

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Omaha Beach ‘A Go’ For Aug. 25 Shared Belief Stakes

The early favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby before he was scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis, Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach is nearing his return to racing. According to drf.com, the 3-year-old War Front colt breezed six furlongs at Del Mar on Monday in 1:13.60, putting him on track for the Aug. 25 Shared Belief […]

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Omaha Beach ‘Brilliant’ In Latest Work Toward Shared Belief

Roughly 15 hours after riding McKinzie to an impressive and emotionally-charged victory in the $1 million Whitney Stakes at Saratoga, N.Y., on Saturday afternoon, Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith was back at Del Mar riding workouts Sunday morning. Work as usual, but not the usual works. During the 6 o’clock hour Smith was aboard […]

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‘Night And Day Difference’ When Goats Care For Racehorses

When you think of goats, you usually think of them being on a farm and/or being used for their milk. But they’ve also been known to be pets and – at the racetrack – a friend for a horse in need. Horse trainer Dan Hendricks has a goat at his barn named Jack. He is […]

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