12/12/2013 5:12PM

O'Neill fined for horse receiving medication shortly before Del Mar race


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Trainer Doug O’Neill was fined $1,500 on Thursday by Betfair Hollywood Park’s stewards for an incident at Del Mar that resulted in the scratch of his horse out of a race there.

The O’Neill trainee Cinco de Mario was scratched from the fifth race at Del Mar on Aug. 24 after Luis Juaregui, a safety steward for the California Horse Racing Board, observed the horse being treated at O’Neill’s barn inside the four-hour deadline for pre-race treatment.

Cinco de Mario had been treated with an amino-acid paste, Juaregui said Thursday at Hollywood Park, where he was one of the three stewards on duty for the day.

“It was about one hour before he was to be led over for the race,” Juaregui said. “I was just running through the barns.”

Horses cannot be given supplements before a race. Only feed and water are permitted within 48 hours of a race. Lasix is permitted to be administered four hours out.

O’Neill did not contest whether the paste was administered.

“There is no dispute whether it was given or not,” steward Scott Chaney said at Del Mar when the incident was first revealed.

O’Neill said his foreman gave the paste mistakenly to the wrong horse. The paste was supposed to have been given to a horse who was running the next day, O’Neill said.

--additional reporting by Steve Andersen



Vicky Rivera More than 1 year ago
Lol, Every one wants too talk down about others and keep their dirt under the rug, and their doing the same thing, but they haven't been caught yet! Their time Will come and people will talk about them also! It's just a matter of time! You never know whose watching, so keep ur Nose Clean! Have a Merry Christmas!
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Doug should be fined again, he says that his employee should have given it to a different horse who was suppose to run the day before. Isnt that only 24 hrs ?
David G. More than 1 year ago
$1,500 to him is like $15 to you and me. Does anybody really think he's going to lose sleep over this in-fracture?
Kelly Brinkerhoff More than 1 year ago
Did anyone actually check the tube and make sure it was amino acid? He could have put anything in that container.
Cookie Smith More than 1 year ago
he is ice cold right now...hmmm , I wonder why ??
david m More than 1 year ago
dougs horses glow in the dark.......
Five More than 1 year ago
I bought one like that for my grandson. We named it "Drug".
russell More than 1 year ago
Karen I totally agree w/ amino acids but the excuse "giving the wrong horse the meds" is garbage. Its always a bs excuse. Jane Cibelli at Tampa tried the same garbage and they hammered her. Her win % at Monmouth was garbage this year. Coincidence, not! The only thing that makes sense is the amino acid paste masks other drugs. Ask Barry Bonds
Karen More than 1 year ago
Amino acids aren't dope, for crying out loud. You lose your credibility by overstating the offense.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Thanks, thought I was alone on that.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Karen, Amino acids act like a natural steroid. They are used for faster muscle recovery from racing, exercise and workouts. If aminos are on the banned list, then do not use them. If you do use them, it's doping. It's too bad trainers choose to break rules, we as horseplayers pay dearly for it.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Walter, amino acids are not on the banned list and it's not doping. Horses get vitamins and amino acids as nutritional supplements. They do help in recovery and do help in converting protein, but do not act like an anabolic steroid. Clenbuterol is allowed and does act like an anabolic steroid. Thyroxine is allowed and was used by all of Bafferts horses during the time he had all those sudden cardiac deaths. Nothing is allowed race day.
nick More than 1 year ago
There needs to be a medication rule set for all USA tracks. And if the rules are broken then stiff penalties need to be applied. I personally lost 250k in the claiming game when Scott Lake and others were all doping horses at Delaware and Philly. Dental Discount Network COM
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