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Kentucky Derby trainers ponder wide-open field without scratched favorite Omaha Beach

Kentucky Derby trainers ponder wide-open field without scratched favorite Omaha Beach

The timing was the thing Richard Mandella could not get past.

Why couldn’t Omaha Beach, the best horse the Hall of Fame trainer has ever brought to the Kentucky Derby, have coughed a month ago or two months from now? Why did the colt’s entrapped epiglottis have to manifest three days before he was to go off as the favorite in the most coveted race on the American calendar?

“It’s not that big a deal,” Mandella said Thursday morning, about 14 hours after the news broke that his Derby favorite would not run Saturday. “But...

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