Kentucky Derby morning-line favorite Omaha Beach, trained by Richard Mandella, was declared out of this Saturday’s Kentucky Derby when he was found to have an entrapped epiglottis on Wednesday.
Mandella decided to scope Omaha Beach due to some coughing, and the entrapped epiglottis was discovered. The epiglottis is a flap in a horse’s throat that opens and closes as the horse breathes. When the epiglottis is entrapped, the flap remains closed and makes it difficult for the horse to get his full air capacity.
The situation is not a career-ending problem, but Omaha Beach is off the Triple Crown trail and the timetable for his return will be determined once a course of treatment is finalized.
Mandella said there simply wasn’t enough time to rectify the problem and get Omaha Beach to the starting gate Saturday.
With the scratch of Omaha Beach, Game Winner is the new 9-2 morning line favorite (he is 4-1 at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook) and moves in one spot to post 15.
The post is significant, as post 15 in the first stall of the auxiliary gate and there is plenty of room between posts 14 and 15 to maneuver.
The maiden Bodexpress draws into the race with the scratch of Omaha Beach. Bodexpress was 30-1 in the morning linen will start from the No. 20 post position.
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