Doug O’Neill, trainer of Triple Crown contender I’ll Have Another, seems an affable enough guy. But the most devilish among us usually have a charming side.
What appalls me about Doug O’Neill is that he drugs racehorses then acts as if he knows absolutely nothing about it. His brother Dennis is even more unbelievable. He pretends not to know or understand the terms surrounding racehorse doping. The Paulick Report has a post about brother Dennis O’Neill’s recent appearance on CNN.
In the CNN interview, O’Neill’s brother Dennis, who identified I’ll Have Another for purchase, went so far as to say: “We actually had to Google (milkshaking) to find out what that meant.
“We’ve never milkshaked a horse,” said Dennis O’Neill. “We wouldn’t know how to do it.”
I am so glad Mr. Paulick watched the interview so I didn’t have to. He has it on his site if you are interested.
In the meantime, Aram Tolegian writing for the Whittier News reports:
The California Horse Racing Board will meet Thursday in a closed session at Betfair Hollywood Park to discuss the final decision from hearing officer Steffan Imhoff regarding charges Argenta, an O’Neill runner who finished eighth in a race Aug. 25, 2010, at Del Mar, was found to have elevated total carbon dioxide levels in its blood as the result of a concoction of performance enhancers commonly referred to as a “milkshake.”
Tolegian also informs us:
O’Neill faces up to a six-month suspension, which one source close to the situation said is what he will get following a 30-day stay that will allow him to train I’ll Have Another for the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
What is a milkshake?
Here’s how the medical dictionary online defines it:
a solution of sodium bicarbonate administered to racehorses by stomach tube 4 to 6 hours before racing to produce a metabolic acidosis. Promoted as a means of producing relief from tying-up and delaying the onset of fatigue by producing additional buffering to counteract the accumulation of lactic acid, induced by anaerobic muscular activity. Some commercial preparations include a mixture of vitamins and minerals. Legislated against by limiting the blood level of CO2. See also saline drench.
There is often more to a milkshake than meets the eye. How about a side order of snake venom.
Jeff Lowe, reporting for the The Thoroughbred Times reports:
Pennsylvania trainer Darrel Delahoussaye was arrested on Wednesday and charged with attempting to fix races at Penn National Race Course, based on evidence and testimony that he administered milkshakes and snake venom to horses before they raced.
State police charged Delahoussaye, whose first name is listed as Darryl in court documents, with two felony counts of theft by deception and one misdemeanor count each of rigging a publicly exhibited contest, administering drugs to race horses, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
When discussing this with a member of a State Horse Racing Commission, asking him why individuals with drug violations are not arrested for racing fixing, he condescendingly told me that jockeys are charged with this, not trainers. I guess he is not a reader of the Thoroughbred Times. Perhaps he should Google it.
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— The Chemical Horse, by Jane Allin