Kentucky Derby may lose another contender in Haikal

Kentucky Derby Omaha Beach is made the favorite after drawing No. 12 post

Omaha Beach gets a workout April 29 at Churchill Downs

A week later, Smith found the winner's circle again, this time aboard Omaha Beach in the Arkansas Derby.

Richard Mandella told Churchill Downs the colt will miss the race because of entrapped epiglottis.

Bodexpress (30-1) draws into the Kentucky Derby field in post position 20, and all horses outside Omaha Beach (13-20) will move over one position.

Morning line favorite Omaha Beach has reportedly been pulled from the race.

Omaha Beach was scheduled to come out of Gate 12, which hasn't sent off a victor since 1971, when Canonero II won from No. 12. In terms of the Triple Crown, the most momentous scratch was I'll Have Another defecting from the Belmont the day before he was to run for the Triple Crown in 2012. Porter's Derby highs and lows have been extreme - he had Hard Spun finished second in 2007, then had filly Eight Belles suffer a fatal breakdown after finishing second the next year.

"He's a great sport", Mandella said. Trainer Bob Baffert told Sports Illustrated that he is sticking with jockey Florent Geroux for Roadster.

Justify won the Kentucky Derby past year on his way to winning the Triple Crown.

"I'll be rooting for Roadster's connections big-time, " he said.

The revised morning-line odds from track oddsmaker Mike Battaglia issued shortly after Wednesday's announcement have priced Game Winner as the favorite at 9-2, while Roadster and Improbable are the joint second choices at 5-1.

The first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown is only a few days away, and post positions were drawn for the 20 horses in the field on Tuesday.

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