07/09/2012 6:57PM

O’Neill to drop appeal of ban

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Doug O’Neill said he will likely serve his suspension during the Del Mar and Fairplex meets.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Trainer Doug O’Neill intends to drop an appeal of a 45-day penalty for a total carbon dioxide overage from the 2010 Del Mar meeting, he said on Monday.

O’Neill has held recent discussions with the California Horse Racing Board regarding the dates of the suspension, which O’Neill said are likely to be mid-August to the end of September, covering the last weeks of the Del Mar meeting and the entire Los Angeles County Fair meeting at Fairplex Park.

The dates of the suspension are expected to be announced by the racing board in the near future.

In May, the racing board announced the 45-day suspension and said the penalty would begin after July 1, offering no other specific start time. O’Neill was the leading trainer at the 2011 Fairplex Park meeting.

O’Neill said on Monday that high legal fees discouraged him from pursuing an appeal. In May, he said he intended to fight the decision.

“Basically, my option of going to an appellate court and getting a stay is not where I want to spend my money and time,” he said. “What I’m going to do is to take the days. It would be extremely expensive.

“It looks like I’ll take days during Del Mar.”

O’Neill, who won this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with I’ll Have Another, was suspended 180 days and fined $15,000 for the 2010 overage, but 135 days of the suspension was stayed provided that the trainer did not have any violations of drugs in classes 1, 2, or 3 for an 18-month period.

O’Neill was penalized after Argenta, who finished eighth in the sixth race at Del Mar on Aug. 25, 2010, tested in excess of the permitted level of total carbon dioxide, 37 millimoles. The trainer has disputed the results of the test.

“Though I don’t agree with the board, not everything in life is perfect,” O’Neill said. “I don’t agree with them, but I respect them.

“I’m far from perfect. We’re going 110 miles per hour virtually seven days a week, trying to be on top. This will give me an opportunity to step back, calm down and relax. This will give me a chance to help my barn be held to a higher standard. Winning the Derby, we should be held to a higher standard. I want to put my energy into that.”

During his absence, assistant trainer Leandro Mora will run the stable.
O’Neill will not be permitted at the races or in the stable during the penalty time.

“Leandro Mora will be running this barn,” O’Neill said. “Anything that is ready to run, and there is a proper race and they’re ready to run, they’ll run. Everything will continue to run.

“It’s something I wish I didn’t have to do. It will give me a chance to pause and see ways that I can improve.”


Robert Gotland More than 1 year ago
Wow reading all this stuff makes me wonder about the horse racing industry
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
New York Times already being challenged on their article. http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/71178/ill-have-anothers-treatment-routine-care
Sean Ali More than 1 year ago
After reading Reddam's 1500 word post on another website, I find it necessary to retract every negative comment I have made concerning him since the Belmont Stakes. His openness and honesty in that article is something I never would have expected from him. I have judged him wrongfully based on not having all of the facts. While I still do not agree with his decision to sell overseas, it is easier to accept now that he has my respect. His purpose in writing this article was two-fold. To bring emotional closure to IHA fans, and as in my case, to fill in the blanks as to what actually took place and why. This is a must-read article for Reddam bashers, as I myself was. What you take away from it will depend on your level of humility. As for me, I've learned my lesson. Stick to the facts, & leave the garbage alone ! I don't know if it will be allowed on this site, but here is the link: http://cs.bloodhorse.com/blogs/horse-racing-steve-haskin/archive/2012/07/09/hangin-with-haskin-paul-reddam-guest-blog.aspx?CommentPosted=true#commentMessage
Sean Ali More than 1 year ago
Just as I thought, the link is not working. The article is on Bloodhorse.com Hangin' With Haskin: Paul Reddam Guest Blog
Rich Blaho More than 1 year ago
Wow! You can not read through his BS. The only reason he did this article with Haskin was because he knew the NY Times article was coming out soon. That's the article everyone needs to read. He said in the NY Times article that he did not know that IHA had x-rays after the Preakness. Those x-rays showed that IHA had osteoarthritis in his front knees and ankles. If you owned a horse that just won the first two legs of the TC would you not want to know everything that was going on with him? I believe that both Reddam and O'Neil knew he had medical issues for sometime. Maybe this is why they gave him the layoff after the Robert Lewis. The only reason we know what we do now is because the NY racing authorities insisted that O'Neil provide medical records to them. This was the only way they would license him because of his previous drug violations. If not for these reports we would have to believe their comments which were IHA was a sound horse until two days before the Belmont. Reddam made his money by giving poor people loans or folks that have bad credit. He then charges them an obscene interest rate. It may be legal but Jerry Brown the Governor of California has called it legal loan sharking! Reddam and O'Neil are out for themselves and are bad for this great sport. It's time we all tell them to take a hike and take their BS somewhere else!!
mrm More than 1 year ago
Whatever happened to O'Neils brother from another mother Mullins?
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
Es a le , la todo pachukos........................handele puess....................
mikey More than 1 year ago
45 years would be better.How about the $$$$$ he screwed the public out of.Make him give a millon to the injured jock's fund.
jttf More than 1 year ago
o'neill has been in a slump since 2008. now he has figured out how to use the shock wave therapy to his advantage. just make sure you hire a chiro to make it look legit. shock wave has helped richards kid make a comeback. mora should do well at fairplex. the chrb wished doug to have a nice paid vacation. thank goodness for detention barns.
Frank More than 1 year ago
I'd like to drop both Reddam and O'Neil!
Joe Snug More than 1 year ago
It's a gambling sport! Hello! U guys got it all twisted....u want to be mr nice guy stop betting and put ur money (where mouth is) and start a foundation to care for these lovely animals.....besides that it gambling foolios!
Cover2 More than 1 year ago
All happened the same day, reddam reveals price $10 mil, IHA & O'Neill drops appeal gotta think now trainer gets 10% another mil.......don't think Doug is long as a conditioner they got lucky with a few, but back to a clmg, o/night gr III stable......dennis can't keep pace with health, mora taking over O'neill becomes an owner ect ect......................... ....................or how about D O as Czar of racing ?