Omaha Beach Arrives At Gulfstream Park To Prepare For Pegasus World Cup

Omaha Beach, one of the favorites for the $3- million Pegasus World Cup (G1) Jan. 25 at Gulfstream Park, arrived safely at the Hallandale Beach, Fla., racetrack from California Tuesday evening.

Owned by Fox Hill Farms, Inc., Omaha Beach, a son of War Front, was the morning-line favorite in the Kentucky Derby (G1) off victories in the Rebel (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn in the winter. The colt was scratched the Wednesday before the race, however, after being diagnosed with an entrapped epiglottis

Omaha Beach returned five months later to win the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) before a game second-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1). In his last start prior to arriving at Gulfstream, he handily beat four others in the Malibu (G1) Dec. 28 at Santa Anita. Omaha Beach is trained by Richard Mandella and his regular rider is Mike Smith, who passed Jerry Bailey to become North American racing’s all-time leader in Grade 1 victories with Omaha Beach’s Malibu win.

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., has announced plans to stand Omaha Beach at stud for the 2020 breeding season, following the Pegasus.

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