10/07/2014 1:48PM

O'Neill's horses to run in assistant's name

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Doug O'Neill

ARCADIA, Calif. – Trainer Doug O’Neill, who faces a 45-day suspension for a medication violation in New York, will not be the trainer of record of horses from his stable at Santa Anita on Thursday and Friday.

The horses will run under the name of his assistant, Leandro Mora, a decision that O’Neill said Tuesday was made by the owners last weekend.

“They have asked to have Leandro run the horses on Thursday and Friday,” he said.

O’Neill was suspended last week by the New York State Gaming Commission for a medication violation that occurred at Belmont Park in June 2013. The suspension is scheduled to run from Nov. 3 to Dec. 17, but O’Neill said he is seeking to begin the penalty as soon as possible.

Last week, Breeders’ Cup officials said O’Neill would not be allowed to enter horses in Breeders’ Cup races at Santa Anita on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 because of the organization’s rule barring entries from trainers with medication violations in classes 1 or 2. O’Neill was cited for a class 2 violation at Belmont Park.

In addition, O’Neill could face a 135-day suspension from the California Horse Racing Board for violating the probation terms of a 2012 ruling against him for a medication violation at Del Mar in 2010. In that ruling, issued in May 2012, O’Neill was suspended 180 days, but 135 days were stayed provided O’Neill did not have a violation for medications in classes 1, 2, or 3 in an 18-month period. The Belmont Park violation occurred during that time frame.

On Tuesday, O’Neill said he was not sure whether he would be allowed to begin the New York suspension earlier than Nov. 3.

“My counsel has been working with the CHRB, Breeders’ Cup, and New York,” he said. “I’m hopeful to move this forward. That would be ideal. It could change in the next few minutes or next few days. I just don’t want this to be a distraction.”

On Thursday at Santa Anita, Mora has four runners, all previously listed as trained by O’Neill. Mora is scheduled to have six starters Friday.

Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Goldencents will still win the Dirt Mile. Doesn't matter who trains him.
R More than 1 year ago
Wow its sad when the truth is revealed your all a bunch of scumbags on here the world is not black and white its all kinds of gray its not idealistic so shut up and sit for the ride for your all guilty of something hypocrisy
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
You must have missed it.It was revealed.That is why all these disgusted people are venting on this subject and the way it has been handled.
R More than 1 year ago
I didn't miss it. I thinks its stupid that people get disgusted by a subject such as this expecting the world to be so pure as if they were pure.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Who sired you? Lucifer by chance?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No, Reason & Reality did
Richie Asparagusi More than 1 year ago
C'mon - this guy is dirty as the day is long, and has been of years. He's faking riddled with character defects. Get rid of this piece of s __t
r More than 1 year ago
just a way to mask his operations. shame this is allowed.
Nathan More than 1 year ago
It's dutrow and nevin. EVERYONE KNOWS. it's a joke.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As long as O'Neill has a cellphone, Mora is trainer in figurehead only. Anyone honestly think Mora will have anything independent to do with these horses?
Richard More than 1 year ago
ANYONE WHO IS SUSPENDED FOR AS LONG AS O'NEIL SHOULD BE IN JAIL... THIS IS ONLY WAY YOU CAN KEEP RACING OUT OF HOT WATER AND GIVE THE FANS WHAT WE DESERVE HONESTY.....KICK THESE BUMS OUT. BAFFERT IS NEXT...
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
You're an idiot.
Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
I do recall a suspended trainer in N.Y. getting another ruling against him as his phone records revealed that he was in communication with his asst. trainer, to whom his horses were turned over to. Was several years back, but it gave clout to the seriousness of drug rulings. This one is nothing less than just plain silly.
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
ha ha that NY trainer was stupid he should have picked up a throw away untraceable phone. Also it takes a long time from violation until sentence is served.
THEHOFFonhorses More than 1 year ago
Drug O'Neill, his brother and his scummy assistant Jack Sisterson should all be behind bars.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
That nickname Drug never gets old!
Vince More than 1 year ago
Please
steve milgats More than 1 year ago
http://halveyonhorseracing.com/?p=517 The best analysis of a story that has many sides to it. I hope you read it.
Diane Hain More than 1 year ago
Great article. I'm particularly fond of this part: "Jamie Ness (one violation per 217 starts), Bob Baffert (one per 465 starts), John Sadler (one per 478 starts), Bret Calhoun (one per 525 starts) and Kiaran McLaughlin (one per 710 starts) all exceeded O’Neill’s rate of one per 807 starts. And trainers such as Michael Maker, Jerry Hollendorfer, and Steve Asmussen have all been cited at a rate more than one starter per thousand." ONE per 807 starts. So far this year O'Neill has had 573 starts. Jamie Ness has had 611, so at 1 every 217 he should be coming up on his 3rd violation of the year - why is nobody screaming about him?