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Trainer Doug O'Neill faces suspension

Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winning trainer Doug O'Neill will be forced to take a break from the Triple Crown hoopla this week and focus on another pressing issue, his immediate future in the sport.


The California Horse Racing Board will meet Thursday in a closed session at Betfair Hollywood Park to discuss the final decision from hearing officer Steffan Imhoff regarding charges Argenta, an O'Neill runner who finished eighth in a race Aug. 25, 2010, at Del Mar, was found to have elevated total carbon dioxide levels in its blood as the result of a concoction of performance enhancers commonly referred to as a "milkshake."


O'Neill won't attend the meeting, but his status as a thoroughbred trainer will be in doubt as the board considers Imhoff's punishment recommendations for the Santa Monica native who will turn 44 on the day of the meeting.

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May I ask how it is a joke?
  • EvanAnouna · i highly dought that a trainer would put more cabon dioxide in a horses blood. that would just make it harder for the horse. · 1231 days ago
O'Neill milkshakes Argenta and finishes out of the money? Methinks he needs to take a lesson from the master, Jeff Mullins. I love the high and mighties worried about the health of thoroughbred horses. Spend a little time in the stables and you will realize what a joke this milkshake issue is!
If I'll have another had not won, I doubt we would be hearing about this. Yes, the truth needs to be seen. But like I said before, making a circus act out of it because some groups and media want attention and a story is not the way to go about a serious issue and trying to get it addressed. Sensationalism (most likely because of the timing of the winning of the races) rarely seems to help, and can often backfire, leading to rash decisions, rulings, accusations etc.
Let the truth out.. Think of the horses and their lives and health, not the man. Horses win the races with their blood and their hearts.

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