Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach to miss race with entrapped epiglottis

Kentucky Derby Omaha Beach is made the favorite after drawing No. 12 post

Omaha Beach gets a workout April 29 at Churchill Downs

The throat condition was discovered after a cough and scope.

It's a bitter blow for the 68-year-old trainer and the horse's owner, Rick Porter, a 77-year-old who has been in the thoroughbred racing business for many years. Yesterday, news broke that the predicted Derby favorite was scratched from the race due to an entrapped epiglottis, which should be corrected by surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital this afternoon.

Omaha Beach is out of the Kentucky Derby, with a trapped epiglottis.

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The jockey Mike E. Smith, Omaha Beach's rider, said he heard the news around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday. Porter's Derby highs and lows have been extreme - he had Hard Spun finished second in 2007, then had filly Eight Belles suffer a fatal breakdown after finishing second the next year. That likely means the only available race in the Triple Crown would be the Belmont Stakes on June 9 in NY. So Mel Stute said it best once when he was interviewed about the Derby or whatever it was, and he said, 'I have got a lot of experience with disappointment. "He's OK. It's nothing life-threatening, which is the most important thing", Smith said.

Smith has three mounts on Friday's card at Churchill Downs and five Saturday.

"I'm all in with Flo", he said. 'I'll be a glorified cheerleader'.

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Omaha Beach galloped Wednesday morning without problem and Mandella said everything was fine.

Here are the post positions and odds to win for the full field.

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In 2009, I Want Revenge became the first morning-line favorite to scratch the day of the race because of a hot spot on his ankle.

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