Omaha Beach Takes His First Jog Around Gulfstream Park

Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach, an Eclipse Award finalist and three-time Grade 1 winner, took his first trip across the Gulfstream Park racetrack Saturday morning as he prepares for the $3 million Pegasus World Cup (G1) Saturday, Jan. 25.

Trained by Richard Mandella, Omaha Beach arrived from California New Year’s Eve.

Mandella will take a redeye to Florida Tuesday to supervise training up close and personal for Omaha Beach. The son of War Front currently is bedded down with trainer Mark Hennig at Gulfstream, with Mandella foreman Jose Vera minding the store until the Hall of Fame trainer’s arrival.

“Omaha Beach went to the track today, will gallop Wednesday, and might work Thursday or Friday,” Mandella said at Santa Anita Saturday morning.

The son of War Front was favored in the Kentucky Derby (G1) off victories in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and Rebel (G2) before being scratched three days before the race because of complications from an entrapped epiglottis. The 4-year-old colt returned in the fall to win the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G1) and finish second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

Omaha Beach most recently won the G1 Malibu by 2 ¾ lengths on Dec. 28, earning $180,000 while boosting his career bankroll to $1,651,800.

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