Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach scratched from race

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Omaha Beach won his past three starts, including the Arkansas Derby, while ridden by last year's Triple Crown winning jockey, Mike Smith.

Churchill Downs says the epiglottis is a triangular-shaped cartilage that lies at the base of the airway just in front of the arytenoid cartilages which cover the airway during swallowing.

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

Omaha Beach's scratch is one of the most surprising pre-Derby developments in the past decade.

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Tacitus is coming out of the Wood Memorial (G2) which has not been very productive of late as a Kentucky Derby prep race.

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

Beyond the Triple Crown, NBC Sports broadcasts some of the most important and prestigious events in all of horse racing.

It's not the first time the Derby has lost a favorite leading up to the race.

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The third of four 30-minute episodes features a visit with Mike Smith and the owners of Albaugh Family Stables, who are aiming to have a Kentucky Derby participant for a fourth consecutive year. Mandella, who has never won the Derby with six previous starters, was quietly confident.

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

Kentucky Derby spokesman Darren Rogers tweeted the news Wednesday evening.

Omaha Beach's scratch moves Bodexpress into the field in the No. 20 post.

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