Omaha Beach (War Front), the pre-race GI Kentucky Derby favorite who was an early scratch a few days before the race with an entrapped epiglottis, has returned to trainer Richard Mandella’s barn at Santa Anita. The striking bay had surgery to correct the condition at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and spent more than a month recovering at WinStar Farm in Kentucky.
“He arrived here Monday night; we scoped him yesterday and he’s near-perfect,” Mandella said Friday morning. “We’re riding him under the shed row for a couple days and will increase his exercise every few days.”
Mandella said a timetable for Omaha Beach’s first work was undetermined, as was a target race for the sophomore colt.