LENGTHS AHEAD – OMAHA BEACH AND VINO ROSSO
June 17, 2020
Like Australians, Americans seek speed, precocity and versatility in their stallions. And with over 19,000 foals born in the US every year, only the cream rises to the top.
Impeccably bred by two of the most in demand and successful sires in America, Omaha Beach (War Front) and Vino Rosso (Curlin) were sighted as stallion prospects before they even hit the track. What came after that caught the attention of every stallion farm across the country.
Vino Rosso made his debut at Aqueduct racetrack in New York, racing over 1400m and kicking clear with 200m to go he won impressively by two-and-three-quarter lengths. At his second start at 2, he remained unbeaten with another two-and-a-half length win at Tampa Bay in Florida.
As a 3-year-old, Vino Rosso raced seven times exclusively in Stakes races, winning the G2 Wood Memorial Stakes by three lengths – a race won in 2015 by Frosted and his sire Tapit in 2004. As a 4-year-old Vino Rosso made five of his six starts in G1 races, winning both the G1 Santa Anita Gold Cup and the highest-rated G1 race in the US in 2019, the Breeders’ Cup Classic following in the footsteps of his sire Curlin and other stallions Tiznow, American Pharoah, Arrogate and Gun Runner.
Vino Rosso Race Highlights
Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita Park (G1)
Gold Cup at Santa Anita S. (G1)
Wood Memorial S. at Aqueduct (G2)
15 months after Vino Rosso broke his maiden, Omaha Beach followed suit with a nine-length victory at his home track, Santa Anita Park. Following this romping success, Omaha Beach commenced his journey on the Kentucky Derby trail with next start in the G2 Rebel Stakes, a race won by stallions American Pharoah, Lookin at Lucky and Will Take Charge. He then went on to win the G1 Arkansas Derby beating eventual Kentucky Derby winner Country House. Later that year, Omaha Beach returned to racing in style taking out the G1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship Stakes. He went on to win the G1 Malibu Stakes by almost three lengths, beating G1 Santa Anita Derby winner Roadster.
Omaha Beach was the most exciting 3-year-old of 2019 and overcame adversity to become a multiple G1 winner, capturing the attention of a nation.
Omaha Beach Race Highlights
Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park (G1)
Santa Anita Sprint Championship S. at Santa Anita (G1)
Malibu S. at Santa Anita (G1)
Rebel S. at Oaklawn Park (G2)