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Game Winner and Roadster Likely Favorites With Omaha Beach Scratched for 2019 Kentucky Derby

Max Staley
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Omaha Beach was widely considered the favorite to win the 2019 Kentucky Derby, but the horse was surprisingly scratched Wednesday, just days ahead of the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Omaha Beach had 4/1 odds to win the Derby before this news broke. Now that he's out, it's more than likely that Game Winner (5/1) or Roadster (6/1) become the new favorite to win the race.

Game Winner has a better chance of making the jump to the best odds as the horse had the second-best odds before Omaha Beach was ruled out and Roadster is racing out of the 17 position, which is 0-39 in Derby races since 1930.

It's always a shame to see a potentially great horse ruled out just days ahead of the Kentucky Derby, but Game Winner and Roadster will now likely be favored to win the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports" come Saturday.

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