12/20/2012 1:41PM

Aqueduct: Mudflats, impressive maiden winner, sold and now to be trained by Doug O'Neill

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Barbara D. Livingston
Doug O'Neill will train Mudflats, who is slated to race next in the Jerome at Aqueduct on Jan. 5.

Mudflats, a 2-year-old Tapit gelding who was an impressive winner against maidens at Aqueduct on Dec. 8, has been purchased privately and will now be trained by Doug O’Neill, who won this year’s Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another, according to bloodstock agent Dennis O’Neill, Doug’s brother.

Dennis O’Neill said he put together a partnership to acquire Mudflats following the maiden win. He said Mudflats would remain in New York for the time being and be pointed to the Grade 2, $200,000 Jerome at Aqueduct on Jan. 5. The Jerome was held in late April, at the end of the Aqueduct meet in rercent years, but was rescheduled for the 2013 stakes calendar.

Since the O’Neill family does not have a barn currently in New York, Dennis O’Neill said Mudflats would be housed, for the time being, with trainer Nick Canani.

Mudflats, previously trained by Eddie Kenneally, won the Dec. 8 race by 3 1/4 lengths on a sloppy, sealed track, covering seven furlongs in 1:24.22. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90. Mudflats finished third in a Belmont Park maiden race to Delhomme in his prior start Oct. 13.

John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
When does Dutrow's 10 year ban start? New York racing needs a real house cleaning !
Mike Showers More than 1 year ago
Little Red Feather
Chris Butler More than 1 year ago
Canani...WHAT A SUPRISE!!!!!!!!!! I know it was his brother depicted in Luck, but... (And yes I nkow Surprise is spelled wrong)
kenneth b More than 1 year ago
well your not only lacking in grammar but your info is worse Nick is not Julio's brother ,he's his son !!! Just what racing needs another loud mouthed opinionated a- -hole!!Sorry mean but true lol
russell More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know the rumored price? If i had to guess I'd say between 350-500k.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
For a gelding who just broke his maiden...
russell More than 1 year ago
Derby fever Tom, all logic goes out the window.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Highly doubt O'Neil is capable of improving off EDDI K. And if this colt were a promising prospect he would still be with him. Eddie is loaded with 2 year holds. Majestic Hussar n Honorable Dillon. Watch out for HD! Let Doufus and Dennis wheel n deal n skim a little. They still will be home watching the 2013 triple crown. I guarantee it!
laura ban More than 1 year ago
LOL at doufus! I agree with your post! Very funny.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
And on the mark, Thomas!
Robert More than 1 year ago
Why leave him in NY? Because it is only a few weeks to the Jerome and Eddie Kenneally is a pretty good trainer and the horse won't get unfit before the race. Nick Canani isn't a stiff either so I think he can look after the horse until Doug sends one of his assistants to oversee the horse and then bring him back to Cali after the race. Ponies Payne is right the other stuff is none of your business. When the PP's come out for the race you will see who owns it.
michael More than 1 year ago
Wrong, it should be public information. Run the story with all the facts, not just some of them.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
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Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
How do you guys manage to turn this story into something bad? My God - how do most of you look in the mirror in the morning? You want to know who owns the horse? IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS! How can Doug O trAin him when he is in Cal? IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS. What did the partners pay? IT'S NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS Spend MORE time learning to win at the races and maybe, just maybe you guys that constantly ruin EVERY posting will calm down, just as mudflaps did when he was gelded. Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosers.
Jeffries Will More than 1 year ago
Its the same group that ruins this website and horse racing. They waste time and space with the stupidity that they spew. How many of these know-it-alls have not a bet a horse bc of who owns it. This is the same group that goes to Saratoga to bet on Ramon all day, every day to show off in front of their friends. Pick up a form and learn what the game is about.
Ponies Payme More than 1 year ago
If you were new at the track, you would think a horse named "Ramon" won half the races..... Comeon Ramon. Come on Ramon!!!
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Well pony, You may want to read some of your own nonsense. The fact is this horse will eventually be entered in a spot and win , You will definately have it....The day after the race, of course.
Maureen Peatross More than 1 year ago
Thank you for writing this. I so agree. NONE OF ANYONE'S BUSINESS. I am so tired of negative comments. We need to all put out good stuff now. It is really all great fun. The more psitive we are, things will get better for fans, owners and especially the horses. It is great fun in the ONeill barn. The horses are loved and well cared for. I am there often. So thanks again.
jttf More than 1 year ago
what a great combo. o'neill and canani.
Tom Van More than 1 year ago
strange purchase regardless and even stranger to go to doug who is obviously CA based. Even stranger to run again in NY where Doug is not based, how would he train this horse? He's going to fly out to NY often enough to train him? Doug will not be the trainer listed when he races next.