Omaha Beach is out of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. The morning-line favorite was scratched with an entrapped epiglottis. While that is bad news for the colt and his connections, it could be good news for everyone else, particularly the new favorite, Game Winner (9/2).
But this does raise questions about what’s next.
What happens to money bet on Omaha Beach?
Good news, bettors. It is refunded. If you’ve placed a bet on Omaha Beach (or any horse), they can cancel it before the race starts.
Who replaces Omaha Beach?
Bodexpress is the first also eligible this year.
The bay colt is 0-3-0 in five career starts with a pair of seconds in three races in 2019. His sire is Bodemeister, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2012. His dam is Pied a Terre, by City Zip. Bodexpress is trained by Gustavo Delgado.
But he doesn’t truly “replace” Omaha Beach.
FAVORITE SCRATCHED: Omaha Beach will not race Saturday
NEW FAVORITE: Game Winner becomes new Derby favorite
KENTUCKY DERBY: 2019 post position draw, jockeys, odds
What post position does Bodexpress get?
With the scratch in the No. 12 post, horses in posts 13-20 will move over one, and Bodexpress takes the No. 20 post, previously occupied by Country House. Chris Landeros will pick up the mount with 30-1 odds. Horses 13-20 will retain their program number despite moving in one in the starting gate, and Bodexpress will wear No. 21.
What happens if another horse scratches?
If another horse scratches, there will be 19 horses in the field as Bodexpress was the only also eligible this year. Say the No. 3 horse scratches (no, By My Standards has not scratched and, as far as I know, is not planning to), then horses in posts 4-20 move in one post. In that situation, Code of Honor would start in the No. 11 post but wear No. 13 as that is his program number. There would be no 3 or 12 horse in this hypothetical.
Who should I bet on in the Kentucky Derby?