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Del Mar: CHRB investigating O'Neill for giving horse amino acids on race day
DEL MAR, Calif. – The California Horse Racing Board is conducting an investigation into the race-day administration of an amino-acid solution to a horse trained by Doug O’Neill on Aug. 24, Del Mar stewards said over the weekend.
The incident resulted in the withdrawal of Cinco de Mario in the hours before a starter allowance Aug. 24.
A hearing in the matter is expected to be conducted during the Santa Anita Park autumn meeting, which begins Sept. 27. The stewards at that meeting will be Scott Chaney, Kim Sawyer, and Tom Ward, the same stewards overseeing the current Del Mar meeting.
“Investigators are compiling the facts, and they will file a complaint,” Chaney said Saturday.
Chaney said the incident is a “violation of race-day administration,” which prohibits horses from being given supplements before a race. Only water and feed can be given to a horse in the 24 hours before a race.
Chaney said the administration itself is not an issue between O’Neill and the racing board.
“There is no dispute whether it was given or not,” Chaney said.
The scratch occurred after safety steward Luis Jauregui observed a member of O’Neill’s staff administering the solution while passing by the barn. O’Neill said Sunday that his foreman erroneously administered an amino-acid solution on race day to Cinco de Mario. The employee was supposed to give the solution to a horse scheduled to run the following day, O’Neill said.
“My foreman messed up,” O’Neill said.
O’Neill said he had not been served with a complaint or “anything formal” from racing-board officials.
In a similar case at Del Mar in 2012, trainer Melody Conlon was fined $400 for the administration of an amino-acid solution to one of her starters on the day of a race.
Blah blah Blah nothing will happen just like all in ca. This is a anything go state!!!! who cares just make more mistakes like the milkshake issue Dougie it was a mistake to!!!!!! No bs in New York so we scratch with tendons????????? I'll have another at least he didn't have to have the drugs belmont day!
I do not think Doug does anything that all the other trainers are not doing. That being said, The state of horse racing is pathetic. If a full scale investigation was launched comparable to to that of MLB the sport would not survive. The insiders in the industry are aware of the magnitude of the drugging and cheating going on. Pletcher, Asmussen, Baffert all drug their horses on a regular basis. If the public ever got wind of it the sport would not survive. The regulators of the racing industry will continue to turn a blind eye because not doing so would be the death knell of horse racing.
So you can't give amino acids, the building blocks of life, on race day??
Can we get a follow up on the solution to get it tested? Timing is technical violation. A banned substance is more compelling story. Like to see more donated to the organization studying new substances that may not show up on tradition tests.
I love the ominous headline and the serious sounding investigation. There is no real investigation as there is no question that the supplement was given. A formal complaint has yet to be filed. So, who tipped you to this very important story? Was it the safety steward who saw it while just passing by the barn? Was it a member of the CHRB? Please make sure you stay on this story, maybe Luis can catch the foreman carrying a box of baking soda and a bag of sugar. It's a race day violation and O'Neil will get a fine as he should. I also love your other story about Wayne Catalano who is heading back to his old stomping grounds with two horses in the Super Derby. Nice story. It's interesting that these two stories side by side say much about what we seem to care about. O'Neil investigated for giving a supplement on race day. Catalano, home sweet home in Louisiana. Here's a big story for you. In May and June of last year at Arlington Park, Catalano had ten positives for the illegal drug of Prednisone. More than one a week. Ten different horses. All ten won. When people use the word cheater, is this what they're talking about? He was given random and fluctuating fines. No suspension. How does this not warrant a suspension? And that is not a story? He has a string of horses at Arlington and Churchill. Rudy Rodriguez never ran up violations like this, but Churchill made him come in to review his license for renewal. He was put under 24 hour surveillance. No license review or surveillance for Catalano? Interesting. Obviously it's not about the person. Congratulations to the CHRB for a great in depth investigation of those horses dropping dead. Were amino acids found in their system, or was it rat poison to thin a high red blood cell count? Please tell them to keep up the good work in bringing our attention to the amino acid back side epidemic, and tell them to keep their eyes peeled for baking soda and sugar. I give Bo Derek and the board a 10 for their efforts.
Its NEVER the trainers error!!
If its the same stewards that missed two DQ's already he will be fine.
Wasn't Luis Jauregui a jockey? What exactly is a safety steward?
Get RID of this guy PERMANENTLY!! This trainer has CHEATED me out of a lot of pick 4s. He and others like him(and there are a lot)are driving away all the fans and owners and destroying the sport. Quit being so soft on people like this. New York state has issued 10 year and permanent bans on guys like this. Act NOW if you love horse racing and intend to have a job in the future (stewards).
sure this could have been the fault of the hired stable hand or it could have been an honest mistake. But why do these situations happen with such regularity to this particular trainer?
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