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Omaha Beach Undergoes Surgery, Second Horse Scratched From Derby

Posted at 3:42 PM, May 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-03 15:42:16-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Omaha Beach, the horse scratched from the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, underwent surgery Friday morning and is recovering.

Omaha Beach underwent Epiglottis surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington.

His trainer, Richard Mandella, said that he had a trapped epiglottis which caused the horse to be scratched from the Derby.

Omaha Beach’s owner, Rick Porter, told LEX 18 on the phone that there is no better place than Lexington to have had the surgery performed.

The Derby lost another horse when Haikal was scratched because of an infection in his left front foot. he had been treated for an abscess and hadn’t trained Thursday or Friday.