Breeders’ Cup Contender Omaha Beach Impressive in Return

You can’t say enough about Omaha Beach’s return to racing in the Grade 1 $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship, a qualifier for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. He stayed off the pace and then came firing on the inside to win by a head over heavy favorite Shancelot.

Mandella was in a good mood after winning Saturday’s race.

“I’m just very relieved to have him back,” Mandella said. “At the eighth pole, I thought we were [going to be] clear, but it took some race riding.…This horse has a heart of gold and he’s got the greatest personality of any horse I’ve ever had. I would say anything’s possible.”

Winning the race gave Omaha Beach a free pass into the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, which may not be the race he wants to run in.

“I want to enjoy this one, but the [Breeders’ Cup] Sprint, the Mile and the mile-and-a-quarter (Classic) are all possible,” Mandella said. “We’re gonna run in the Breeders’ Cup. For now, I’ll just drink that big bottle of champagne and think it over.”

More from John Cherwa at the LA Times:

2016 Classic & Distaff Future Book Odds

Updated odds from the fabulous Wynn Las Vegas racebook.

Breeders’ Cup Future book odds as of September 16, 2016

HORSE OPEN CURRENT
AIR FORCE BLUE 60/1 30/1
AIROFORCE 85/1 100/1
AMERICAN FREEDOM 35/1 12/1
AMI’S HOLIDAY 125/1 125/1
ARROGATE 75/1 5/1
BEHOLDER (M) 5/1 10/1
BRADESTER 75/1 100/1
BRODY’S CAUSE 75/1 60/1
CALIFORNIA CHROME 8/1 2/1
CANDY BOY 75/1 75/1
CHERRY WINE 40/1 60/1
COMFORT 30/1 40/1
COMMISSIONER 35/1 50/1
CONNECT 50/1 60/1
CREATOR 60/1 35/1
DANZING CANDY 50/1 75/1
DESTIN 75/1 30/1
DONWORTH 50/1 50/1

Get the complete list for both races here.