By Gary B. Graves The Associated Press Tues., April 30, 2019 LOUISVILLE, KY.—Omaha Beach is the 4-1 early favourite for the Kentucky Derby after drawing the No. 12 post position on Tuesday. Bob Baffert-trained Game Winner is the 5-1 second choice from the No. 16 post in the 20-horse field for Saturday’s first leg of the Triple Crown. Game Winner will start inside stablemate Roadster, the 6-1 co-third choice with Improbable, another Baffert colt who will go off from the No. 5 hole in the 1 1/4-mile race at Churchill Downs. Omaha Beach is trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella and enters the $3 million showcase on a three-race winning streak. The dark brown colt is coming off a one-length victory in the slop over Improbable in the Arkansas Derby, a race that demonstrated his recent knack for getting up front quickly and staying there. Mandella believes Omaha Beach and Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who won last year’s Derby for Baffert aboard Justify, will make the most of his spot. Article Continued Below “It’s really important if you get luck with it,” Mandella said. “If you get a bad luck, a good post position doesn’t work. “His… Read full this story
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