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Kentucky Derby Favorite Omaha Beach Scratched From Race Due to Medical Issue


The 2019 Kentucky Derby has undergone a serious shakeup. On Wednesday, May 1, trainer Richard Mandella announced that his horse Omaha Beach, the favorite entering Saturday’s race, has been scratched from the field, according to ESPN.com.

“After training this morning we noticed him cough a few times,” Mandella said in a press release. “It caused us to scope him and we found an entrapped epiglottis. We can’t fix it this week so we’ll have to have a procedure done in a few days and probably be out of training for three weeks. We’ll have to figure out a whole new game plan.”

Omaha Beach has an entrapped epiglottis, which causes difficulties breathing and would seriously hinder the horse’s chances to run the race.

Triple Crown winner Mike Smith, who was set to ride Omaha Beach, was disappointed with the news.

“I’m a little bummed out, but the horse is OK and we’re going to be all right,” Smith said. “The good news is it wasn’t anything that is life-threatening. I’ll be rooting for Roadster’s connections big-time. I’ll be a glorified cheerleader.”

The new favorite in the race is now Game Winner, who has been given 9-2 odds by the sportsbooks. Improbably and Roadster sit with the second-best chances at 5-1.

All of the information you need for the 2019 Kentucky Derby can be seen below.

2019 Kentucky Derby viewing details

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Date: Saturday, May 4, 2019
Start Time: 6:50 P.M. ET
TV Channel: NBC
Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live

How To Live Stream Kentucky Derby Online:

There are a few different options provided for live streaming the Kentucky Derby. The best option is to watch via NBC Live app or at NBCSports.com/LiveExtra. The NBC Live app is available on iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. You will need your service provider login and password for access.

If you do not have access through a cable provider, don’t worry, there is still hope. TwinspiresTV offers free online coverage of the race. Also, if you are a betting man, you can place wagers and watch the derby live all at once.

Another popular option is DirecTV Now. This option will require you to sign up for a 7-day free trial. The trick here is to make sure you cancel the subscription before the free trial ends or you will be on the hook for the full subscription. Who knows maybe you’ll like it enough to become a full-time DirectTV viewer. Download the DirecTV app from the iTunes App store or Google Play store.

Sling TV provides a 7-day free trial as well. Although, make sure you check whether NBC is offered in your area, as it’s only available in select markets. Use the Sling app for mobile viewing.

All the options mentioned above are available via phone, tablet, or mobile device, except for TwinspiresTV.

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