2019 Three-Year-Olds

luvsgeldings
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Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:08 pm

very happy to hear that Julien Leparoux will ride Omaha Beach in the Ack Ack on the 28th - a very sweet horse gets a very sweet rider - Julien is one of the sweetest nicest riders out there - horse and rider will make a lovely team - cannot wait to see Omaha on the track again - wishing them both the best of luck!!
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Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:46 pm

Awful hard to get excited about Omaha Beach coming back to the races knowing he will be whisked off to the breeding shed after just two more races. I realize that money talks, but the news still smarts.
luvsgeldings
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Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:50 pm

oh egads is that true? I had not heard that Omaha was done after this year - I was hoping he would still race again as a 4 year old - dreaming I guess.
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Squeaky
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Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:11 am

Yes very disappointing news. Hoping he will stay around for the Pegasus at least. Racing to breed rather than the other way around seems to be the norm now, despite more multi-million dollar races than ever before.
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Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:03 am

Also disappointing ... Game Winner may be retiring. Depends upon the stud deal I guess? I really hope they instead try letting him rest out the year for real, recover from whatever the virus was, then bring him back in 2020 to run as a four-year-old. It's hard to get really interested in or follow the colts any more when they are retired so fast.

https://www.paulickreport.com/news/bloo ... e-retired/
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Tue Sep 17, 2019 12:27 am

luvsgeldings wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:08 pm
very happy to hear that Julien Leparoux will ride Omaha Beach in the Ack Ack on the 28th - a very sweet horse gets a very sweet rider - Julien is one of the sweetest nicest riders out there - horse and rider will make a lovely team - cannot wait to see Omaha on the track again - wishing them both the best of luck!!
He was a beauty when I saw them paddock training him at Oaklawn the day before he raced. Hard not to fall in love iwth a looker like that.

I'm not "sure"about him though. When I was watching the video with he and Mandella, mandella pretty much admitted he wasn't "close" to the horse......I think they are lacking kismet together, although that may have changed over the last months. Not every trainer and horses achieve that true kismet. Shireffs had it with Zenyatta, etc. etc.
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Squeaky wrote:
Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:20 pm
Omaha Beach sidelined again with a virus. Will miss Shared Belief stakes. Wonder if better just to give him the rest of the year off at this point and try again next year.
WHy I'm glad, despite the criticism he got from some people, that Mott let Country House sit out the year.....horse did not look at all good to me after the derby.....these viral things and/or nagging muscucloskeletal things really can HANG ON...... 6 months later you still do not have your energy back.
Better to put the horse first, be safe than sorry.
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Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:47 pm

Wasn't Omaha Beach suppose to race in 2020? or was the plan always to retire?
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Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:15 pm

Charlie wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:47 pm
Wasn't Omaha Beach suppose to race in 2020? or was the plan always to retire?
Does it matter? I guess even at his age Mr. Porter would rather sit on another pile of millions than watch his fine horse race another [hopefully unabbreviated] season.
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Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:22 pm

Yeah I guess that Havre de Grace and Songbird money doesnt go as far as it used to...
weeeeeeeee
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Charlie
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Tue Sep 17, 2019 11:52 pm

Starine wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:15 pm
Charlie wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:47 pm
Wasn't Omaha Beach suppose to race in 2020? or was the plan always to retire?
Does it matter? I guess even at his age Mr. Porter would rather sit on another pile of millions than watch his fine horse race another [hopefully unabbreviated] season.
I mean it doesn’t but I was simply asking a question, bc I thought I read he was planning to race as a 4 yr old but could have been mistaken.
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Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:46 am

Charlie wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:47 pm
Wasn't Omaha Beach suppose to race in 2020? or was the plan always to retire?
The stud deal that was announced in the Spring just said, he would go to Spendthrift upon his retirement, there was no year mentioned but 99% of the time once a stud deal is done the horse is retired at the end of the year.
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Wed Sep 18, 2019 6:09 pm

Flanders wrote:
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:46 am
Charlie wrote:
Tue Sep 17, 2019 6:47 pm
Wasn't Omaha Beach suppose to race in 2020? or was the plan always to retire?
The stud deal that was announced in the Spring just said, he would go to Spendthrift upon his retirement, there was no year mentioned but 99% of the time once a stud deal is done the horse is retired at the end of the year.
Ok cool beans, thanks. I must have gotten him confused with another colt then, or I'm just going crazy lol but I could have sworn it was announced that one of the three-year-olds was supposed to stay around as a 4 yr old .
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:55 am

Top 3-year-old Omaha Beach, the former Kentucky Derby favorite who was expected to make his return next Saturday in Churchill Downs' Ack Ack (G3), will remain home in California to run in another spot.

Trainer Richard Mandella informed Churchill's publicity office that the War Front colt's workout Friday at Santa Anita Park, which measured seven furlongs in 1:27.20, did not go according to plan.

"I needed that to be good in order to run him next week in Kentucky," Mandella said, "so I decided to stay here and run him in the sprint October 5."

That would be the Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship going six furlongs. The race for 3-year-olds and up already has its co-headliner in the Jorge Navarro-trained Shancelot, who's looking to parlay a run there into the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:34 pm

stark wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:55 am
Top 3-year-old Omaha Beach, the former Kentucky Derby favorite who was expected to make his return next Saturday in Churchill Downs' Ack Ack (G3), will remain home in California to run in another spot.

Trainer Richard Mandella informed Churchill's publicity office that the War Front colt's workout Friday at Santa Anita Park, which measured seven furlongs in 1:27.20, did not go according to plan.

"I needed that to be good in order to run him next week in Kentucky," Mandella said, "so I decided to stay here and run him in the sprint October 5."

That would be the Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship going six furlongs. The race for 3-year-olds and up already has its co-headliner in the Jorge Navarro-trained Shancelot, who's looking to parlay a run there into the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
According to Rick at FHF a rider fell from his horse in front of Omaha during his work so had to pull up and go around and start again, then felt was not a sharp enough work to be prepared for the Ack Ack, so rerouting to SA race instead.
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:03 pm

Squeaky wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 12:34 pm
stark wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:55 am
Top 3-year-old Omaha Beach, the former Kentucky Derby favorite who was expected to make his return next Saturday in Churchill Downs' Ack Ack (G3), will remain home in California to run in another spot.

Trainer Richard Mandella informed Churchill's publicity office that the War Front colt's workout Friday at Santa Anita Park, which measured seven furlongs in 1:27.20, did not go according to plan.

"I needed that to be good in order to run him next week in Kentucky," Mandella said, "so I decided to stay here and run him in the sprint October 5."

That would be the Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship going six furlongs. The race for 3-year-olds and up already has its co-headliner in the Jorge Navarro-trained Shancelot, who's looking to parlay a run there into the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
According to Rick at FHF a rider fell from his horse in front of Omaha during his work so had to pull up and go around and start again, then felt was not a sharp enough work to be prepared for the Ack Ack, so rerouting to SA race instead.
Per Ray Paulick, Mandella says Omaha Beach will point to either the BC Sprint or the BC Dirt Mile... not the Classic.

I’m not sure why you would want to face Mitole in the Mile, especially at his preferred distance. The Classic looks wide-open right now.
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:28 pm

I am hoping OB at least sticks around for the Pegasus
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:11 pm

Will he race again...? Odds?
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:12 pm

Izvestia wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:11 pm
Will he race again...? Odds?
3 - 5 against that he'll ever race again.
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Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:52 pm

ThreeMustangs wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:12 pm
Izvestia wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:11 pm
Will he race again...? Odds?
3 - 5 against that he'll ever race again.
A total shame, I was a believer. Also it's slightly atypical of a FHF horse to retire prematurely.

Who would even want to breed to him at this point? Recency bias is real. Unsound, really didn't do anything special..
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