Omaha Beach Wins Arkansas Derby in Slop

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach stamped his ticket to Louisville with a victory in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday. (Photo credit: Oaklawn Park).

Fox Hill Farm’s Rebel Stakes (G2) winner Omaha Beach returned to Hot Springs from his California base to post an even more impressive victory in Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) before a rain-drenched crowd of 45,000.

Omaha Beach, breaking from post three under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, broke well and was fifth early as longshot One Flew South led for the opening quarter mile in :23. The 8-5 favorite angled four wide on the first turn, assumed the lead by a half mile in :47 2/5 and never looked back. The Bob Baffert-trained Improbable, the 9-5 second choice, was restless in the gate, broke sixth and moved his way into second by the time the field reached the homestretch, but could not reach Omaha Beach, who won by one length in 1:49 4/5 for 1 1/8-miles on a sloppy track. Country House, who was 10th at the half-mile mark, made a huge run, closing late to be third.

Laughing Fox closed from last to be fourth. Galilean, Long Range Toddy, Jersey Agenda, Tikhvin Flew, Gary Attempt, Six Shooter and One Flew South complete the 11-horse field.

Omaha Beach earned 100 points for his Arkansas Derby victory and is now second on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard with 137.5 points. Improbable earned 40 points for second and is safely in the Kentucky Derby field as the 11th horse on the list with 65 points. Country House earned 20 points to bring his total to 50 and is 15th on the list of 20 horses guaranteed a spot in the gate for the “Run for the Roses,” Saturday, May 4, closing day of the 2019 Oaklawn season.

The Richard Mandella-trained Omaha Beach improved his record to 3-3-1 from seven starts and has earned $1,121,800. The War Front colt returned $5.40, $3 and $2.80 as the favorite.

Road to the Kentucky Derby Points Standings

Rank Horse Trainer Points Non-Restricted Stakes Earnings
1. Tacitus Bill Mott 150 $610,000
2. Omaha Beach Richard Mandella 137.5 $1,050,000
3. Vekoma George Weaver 110 $747,600
4. Plus Que Parfait Brendan Walsh 104 $1,540,400
5. Roadster Bob Baffert 100 $636,000
6. By My Standards Bret Calhoun 100 $600,000
7. Maximum Security Jason Servis 100 $582,800
8. Game Winner Bob Baffert 85 $1,810,000
9. Code of Honor Shug McGaughey 74 $432,070
10. Haikal Kiaran McLaughlin 70 $322,500
11. Improbable Bob Baffert 65 $589,520
12. War of Will Mark Casse 60 $440,840
13. Long Range Toddy Steve Asmussen 53.5 $830,000
14. Tax Danny Gargan 52 $307,500
15. Cutting Humor Todd Pletcher 50 $462,467
16. Win Win Win Mike Trombetta 50 $350,000
17. Country House Bill Mott 50 $220,000
18. Gray Magician Peter Miller 41 $526,000
19. Spinoff Todd Pletcher 40 $224,000
20. Master Fencer (JPN) Koichi Tsunoda (Japan) $234,392
21. Bodexpress Gustavo Delgado 40 $188,000
22. Signalman Kenny McPeek 38 $496,840
23. Anothertwistafate Blaine Wright 38 $268,960
24. Sueno Keith Desormeaux 32 $285,000
25. Bourbon War Mark Hennig 31 $137,200




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