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Omaha Beach Retires to Spendthrift Farm
In US breeding news, Omaha Beach, War Front's three-time Gr1-winning 3YO of 2019, has been retired to stud at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY. "Omaha Beach is doing very well and we look forward to his arrival at the farm on Monday. This is a special horse with true breed-shaping potential, and we are hopeful his impact will carry on as an important sire for decades to come," said Ned Toffey, General Manager at Spendthrift. Trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, Omaha Beach jumped onto the 2019 Triple Crown trail last year with three consecutive victories including the Rebel S. (G2) over 2YO champion Game Winner and Arkansas Derby (G1) over Improbable and eventual Kentucky Derby winner Country House. This past fall (autumn), he defeated older horses and leading sprinter Shancelot in winning the Santa Anita Sprint Championship S. (G1) – running six furlongs in 1:08 3/5 – and posted an easy 2.75-length victory over Gr1 winner Roadster in the Malibu S. (G1) in what would be his final start. Omaha Beach was also runner-up in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) after a sluggish start, marking his lone defeat from six starts during a decorated three-year-old season. Campaigned by Fox Hill Farms, Omaha Beach retires to Spendthrift with earnings of US$1,651,800. By leading sire War Front, Omaha Beach hails from one of the industry's most productive dirt families in recent years. He is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Charming, making him a half-brother to 2014 Breeders' Cup winner and Champion 2YO Filly Take Charge Brandi. Omaha Beach's second dam is three-time Gr1-winning millionaire Take Charge Lady, who was named Broodmare of the Year in 2013 after her son Will Take Charge was Champion 3YO Colt that same year. She's also the dam of Florida Derby (G1) winner Take Charge Indy. Omaha Beach will stand his first season in 2020 for a fee of US$45,000 S&N.