Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach (War Front) will bypass Saturday’s GIII Ack Ack S. at Churchill Downs in favor of staying in Southern California for the GI Santa Anita Sprint Championship Oct. 5, according to Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.
“His workout yesterday got very messed up and I needed that to be good in order to run him next week in Kentucky,” said Mandella Saturday morning. “I decided to stay here and just run him in the [Sprint Championship] Oct. 5.”
Working in tandem with maiden Charlito (Fed Biz), Omaha Beach worked seven furlongs (XBTV Video) in 1:27.20 Friday morning at Santa Anita–his seventh work since returning to the track following a procedure to correct an entrapped epiglottis. Winner of the GI Arkansas Derby and GII Rebel S. earlier this spring, Omaha Beach has not raced since scratching from the May 4 GI Kentucky Derby as the morning line favorite.