No Lasix for Breeders’ Cup Juveniles

This weekend the Breeders’ Cup series of races takes a first step into the world of drug free racing. All the races for two year olds will be Lasix free. That’s very welcome, but nobody should be fooled into thinking that this heralds the start of a brave new world of “clean” racing in America. Read more

41,000/1 treble lands O’Neill with new suspension

With Royal Ascot holding centre stage last week it was easy to overlook the latest suspension for American trainer Doug O’Neill. He’s been given a 45 day ban by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) after a 41,000+/1 treble in which his horses showed excessive levels of total carbon dioxide” (TC02) at a race meeting in 2010. Read more

O’Neill happy with I’ll Have Another’s stall 11 draw

The Belmont Stakes, run at New York’s Belmont Park on Saturday, sees I’ll Have Another attempting to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The colt, trained by Doug O’Neill, is fully expected to win, and following the draw yesterday Eric Donovan, odds maker for the New York Racing Association, named him the 4/5 favourite. Read more

I’ll Have Another’s trainer facing doping charges…again

I’ll Have Another took the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of America’s Triple Crown of races on Saturday. In what was almost a re-run of the Kentucky Derby, race favourite Bodemeister set out to make all, but was caught by I’ll Have Another in the last half furlong. Read more