Omaha Beach scratched from Derby 145

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

Mandella told the Daily Racing Form that Omaha Beach developed a cough, "which made us suspicious", so they had him scoped and the entrapped epligottis was discovered.

Omaha Beach had also been dealing with a quarter crack in the weeks leading up to the Kentucky Derby.

Morning line favorite Omaha Beach has reportedly been pulled from the race.

Bodexpress replaced Omaha Beach in the field, but if Haikal can not go, there is no second alternative, meaning the field would be slimmed down to 18 horses.

"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 Kentucky Derby front-runner won't be racing Saturday.

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

"He's a great sport", Mandella said. 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.

Jockey Mike Smith, who chose to ride Omaha Beach over Roadster in the Kentucky Derby, is now left without a mount. All three are entered by Bob Baffert, who past year became only the second trainer in history to saddle more than one Triple Crown victor when Justify completed the rare sweep of the Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

"I'll be rooting for Roadster's connections big-time, " he said.

Improbable and Roadster were installed as the co-second choices at 5-1, giving five-time Derby-winning trainer Baffert the top three choices in the 20-horse field.

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

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