A week later, Smith found the winner's circle again, this time aboard Omaha Beach in the Arkansas Derby. 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. "The good news is it wasn't anything that is life-threatening".
Omaha Beach had breezed impressively over the Churchill Downs track for a week, including a stout five-furlong workout over the weekend.
"I'm all in with Flo", he said.
Game Winner had been the morning-line second choice at 5-1, with his other two horses next (Roadster and Improbable) at 6-1. "I'll be a glorified cheerleader".
There's been a massive change to the Kentucky Derby just three days ahead of the race. Morning line favorite. Different race now.
Omaha Beach galloped Wednesday morning without problem and Mandella said everything was fine. Mandella, who has never won the Derby with six previous starters, was quietly confident.
Another Kentucky Derby contender may be out before the gates even fly open.
Also-eligible Bodexpress will now be able to draw into the field and will start from post No. 20 unless another horse scratches prior to the deadline.
Here is everything you need to know for this year's race, including when and where to watch, the pole positions for the horses and the odds as of May 1.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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