Why Tacitus Is a Play Against Candidate in the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Why Tacitus Is a Play Against Candidate in the 2019 Kentucky Derby

Javier Howell
May 3, 2019

According to Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated, Omaha Beach has been pulled due to a trapped epiglottis.

Trainer Richard Mandella said his team noticed the horse cough a few times after morning training.

The revised morning-line odds from track oddsmaker Mike Battaglia issued shortly after Wednesday's announcement have priced Game Winner as the favorite at 9-2, while Roadster and Improbable are the joint second choices at 5-1.

It also was a jarring reversal of fortune for jockey Mike Smith, who chose to ride Omaha Beach over Baffert trainee Roadster in the weeks leading up to the race.

Mandella told The Associated Press that Omaha Beach developed a cough and a subsequent veterinary exam showed the colt has an entrapped epiglottis.

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The most important thing for me is to be happy on the pitch, to enjoy the game and to have more minutes, " he added. Sarri said: "At the moment we can not choose".

Omaha Beach had been the 4-1 early favorite.

(CNN)Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach has been scratched from Saturday's first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown because of a respiratory disease, race organizers said Wednesday on Twitter.

"I'm a little bummed out, but the horse is OK and we're going to be all right, " Smith, who rode Baffert's Justify to victory past year en route to the Triple Crown, told the AP by phone.

"I'm all in with Flo", he said. In terms of the Triple Crown, the most momentous scratch was I'll Have Another defecting from the Belmont the day before he was to run for the Triple Crown in 2012.

A field of 21 horses hoped to not only win Saturday's race, but become the third Triple Crown victor in five years.