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Doug O'Neill Deserves 'Another' Chance

No racing writer has been tougher on 2012 Kentucky Derby/Preakness-winning trainer Doug O’Neill in recent years than I have been over his medication violations and the catastrophic breakdowns of horses in his stable. I would, however, be the ultimate hypocrite if I didn’t believe O’Neill deserved a second chance or… Read More


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Mistakes happen. O'neill is a good guy.
I get it. Good points Amino.
Just to make a general statement regarding the use of illegal medications. Isn't it funny that when a horse runs big,every trainer is taking the accolades,never really give the credit to the Barn foreman or even the Veterenerian. Yet at the first sign of something gone amiss.The extra chareters come in to play. Many of these guys have that look like the kid in school without a valid explanation. You know the one>> My Dog ate the Homework. Just once i would like for some of these guys to take responsibility. Just once i would like to see owners and the industry denounce these actions.No matter who the culprit is. That will never happen,the Hypocacy is there. Performance enhancing drugs result in faster horses,faster horses result in greater potential sires. Greater potential sires result in higher sales etc.,You get the point.
Doug was fined $1,500 on Thursday for an incident at Del Mar that resulted in the scratch of his horse out of a race there. The O’Neill trained Cinco de Mario was scratched from the fifth race at Del Mar on Aug. 24 after the horse was observed being treated at O’Neill’s barn inside the four-hour deadline for pre-race treatment. Cinco de Mario had been treated with an amino-acid paste… O’Neill said his foreman gave the paste mistakenly to the wrong horse.
Very informative, I hope others who are more knowlegable than me will comment on this timely topic, Bloodhorse magazine has recently done some sobering articles regarding medication violations.

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