(Omaha Beach is out of the Pegasus World Cup / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Gulfstream Park Media Team:

Out of an abundance of caution, trainer Richard Mandella has scratched Omaha Beach from this Saturday’s $3 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) presented by Runhappy.

“It was observed this morning that Omaha Beach had light swelling in his right hind fetlock,” Mandella said. “While we are disappointed to have to miss the Pegasus World Cup Invitational, Omaha Beach’s safety and well-being comes first and we wanted to do what was best for him.  He has been a great pleasure to have around the barn and we are grateful for the opportunity to train such a magnificent horse.”

“We appreciate the willingness of Mr. Mandella to put the safety of Omaha Beach above all else,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairman and President, The Stronach Group.  “His decision was the right thing to do and reflects the new standard of care set for this year’s Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series.”

The Pegasus World Cup Invitational will now have 10 starters.