Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched from Saturday's race


Mandella with Omaha Beach Thursday morning.

Omaha Beach reportedly was coughing Wednesday morning, and an examination revealed an entrapped epiglottis - a breathing obstruction that compromises a horse's ability to breathe during exercise.

Getty Omaha Beach runs on the track during morning training for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 1, 2019 in Louisville, Kentucky.

With that being said, Mandella didn't rule the horse out for the Breeders' Cup at the end of the year.

But that all changed Wednesday.

"A little bit of coughing caused us to scope him", Mandella said.

"It's not anything we can fix to have him run on Saturday, so we're going to have to scratch him", Mandella told The Form.

The scratch was another blow to cancer survivor Rick Porter, the colt's 78-year-old owner.

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He has twice finished second in the Derby, in 2007 with Hard Spun and the following year with filly Eight Belles, who broke her ankles past the finish line and had to be euthanized.

Exercise rider Taylor Cambra rides Kentucky Derby entrant Omaha Beach during a workout at Churchill Downs Wednesday. The latest of Roadster's three victories came in the Santa Anita Derby on April 6. He'd ridden Roadster in all four of the colt's races.

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According to Dr. Foster Northrop, an entrapped epiglottis can happen when the tissue beneath it has swollen and popped up, wrapping around the epiglottis and preventing it from moving as normal.