By John Pricci

Omaha Beach has been scratched from the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby due to an entrapped epiglottis, a condition that seriously impairs breathing while exercising.

The condition is not considered serious and is treated with a routine medical procedure. As a rule, minor surgery results in the epiglottis being tied back to allow air flow into the lungs.

Horses generally return to the races in a matter of several months following the operation.

As a consequence, Bode Express, who chased Maximum Security and finished second in the Florida Derby, draws into the field from the also-eligible list.

Details are sketchy as this was posted shortly after the news broke on the Internet. More tomorrow, along with staff selections and comments on the Derby and Friday's Kentucky Oaks.

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