Omaha Beach’s Gulfstream Work Pushed Back As He Battles A ‘Hot Foot’

Omaha Beach‘s first work at Gulfstream Park in preparation for the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup later this month has been postponed, according to a report from Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman.

Trainer Richard Mandella said the colt is battling a “hot foot,” and the horse has had his shoe removed to give it a couple of days to improve. He hopes Omaha Beach will now work out Sunday.

Mandella did not believe the issue would impact the horse’s training or race readiness, given there are still two and a half weeks until the race.

Heat, which can sometimes be felt in a horse’s foot or leg, is indicative of increased blood flow to the soft internal structures and can indicate injury or infection. Heat in a foot sometimes signifies infection in the form of an abscess, but can also signal a bruise, which Mandella believes is likely the case here. Omaha Beach wore a poultice pack on the foot overnight. Poultices are typically clay-based concoctions designed to draw out heat and swelling and create a comforting, cooling or warming sensation (depending on the ingredients) at the application site.

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