BY CHRISTINE VALDEZ
Illegal enhancing drugs has made its way into several sports, and horse racing has become the latest addition
The 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another’s trainer has been suspend for 45 days according to ESPN Los Angeles. Doug O’Neill has been suspended for denying that he gave a horse an illegal performance-enhacning mixture. Although he has been suspended the ban won’t take effect until after the California Horse Racing Board makes their decision.
O’Neill will be saddling the Kentucky derby and Preakness winning horse at the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
A 45-day suspension and $15,000 fine resulted after a two-year battle between the trainer and California racing officials, according to an Associated Press report on ESPN. O’Neill can appeal the decision after the horse’s next race.
“I Plan on examining and reviewing all of my options following the Belmont Stakes, but right now I plan on staying focused on preparing for and winning the Triple Crown," said O’Neill in a statement.
This is not the first time O’Neill has been suspended. The AP reports that he was originally suspended for 180 days back in August 25, 2012 by the racing board after a horse named Argenta tested in excess of permitted level of TCO2, total carbon dioxide. He was also suspended in 2010 and fined for a similar incident with a horse that ran in the Illinois Derby.