Cross-posted from the New York Times
by JOE DRAPE
The 144th running of the Belmont Stakes may or may not produce horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown champion, but New York racing officials are taking measures to ensure that I’ll Have Another’s bid to sweep the series is contested on a level playing field and without illegal drugs.
The authorities said Wednesday that all horses running in the Belmont Stakes would be housed in a single highly secured barn beginning three days before the race.
The steps taken by the authorities also include a set of specific safeguards directed at I’ll Have Another’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, who has racked up multiple violations in a handful of states and was suspended for 45 days last week by California regulators for yet another violation. O’Neill will not have to serve the suspension until after the Belmont. Continue reading >>