LOUISVILLE, KY – Kentucky Derby favorite Omaha Beach will be scratched from Saturday’s 145th running due to an entrapped epiglottis, according to Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.

“After training this morning we noticed him cough a few times,” Mandella said. “It caused us to scope him and we found an entrapped epiglottis. We can’t fix it this week so we’ll have to have a procedure done in a few days and probably be out of training for three weeks. We’ll have to figure out a whole new game plan.”

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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. When an abnormality occurs in this area it can hinder the performance of horses.

Mandella is scheduled to meet with the media Thursday at 8 a.m. outside of Barn 28 to further discuss the development.

With the scratch of Omaha Beach, Bodexpress will draw into the field and break from post position 20. All horses outside of Omaha Beach (post positions 13-20) will move over one position in the starting gate.

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PP #HORSEJOCKEYTRAINERML ODDSRD RANK
1War of Will (War Front) Tyler GaffalioneMark Casse15-16
2Tax (Arch)Junior AlvaradoDanny Gargan 20-113
3By My Standards (Goldencents)Gabriel SaezBret Calhoun 15-115
4Gray Magician (Graydar) Drayden Van DykePeter Miller 50-119
5Improbable (City Zip) Irad Ortiz, Jr.Bob Baffert 5-14
6Vekoma (Candy Ride) Javier CastellanoGeorge Weaver 15-18
7Maximum Security (New Year's Day)Luis SaezJason Servis8-17
8Tacitus (Tapit) Jose OrtizBill Mott8-15
9Plus Que Parfait (Point of Entry)Ricardo Santana, Jr.Bill Walsh 30-118
10Cutting Humor (First Samurai)Mike SmithTodd Pletcher 30-111
SCRHaikal (Daaher)Rajiv MaraghKiaran P. McLaughlinSCRATCHED14
SCROmaha Beach (War Front)Mike SmithRichard MandellaSCRATCHED1
13Code of Honor (Noble Mission)John VelazquezShug McGaughey 12-19
14Win Win Win (Hat Trick)Julian PimentelMichael Trombetta 12-116
15Master Fencer (Just a Way)Julien LeparouxK. Tsunoda50-120
16Game Winner (Candy Ride)Joel RosarioBob Baffert 9-23
17Roadster (Quality Road)Florent GerouxBob Baffert 5-12
18Long Range Toddy (Take Charge Indy)Jon CourtSteve Asmussen30-110
19Spinoff (Hard Spun)Manny FrancoTodd Pletcher 30-117
20Country House (Lookin At Lucky)Flavien PratBill Mott30-112
21Bodexpress (Bodemeister)Chris LanderosGustavo Delgado30-1NR