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“I think it is regrettable. And it isn’t the horse’s fault and this is probably a very good horse. I don’t know Mr. Reddam personally but I think he should be embarrassed that the trainer he has chosen does not have a clean record.”
So states Penny Chenery, referring to the owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another, who on June 9th will attempt to take American horse racing’s Triple Crown by winning the last leg, the Belmont Stakes.
If successful, I’ll Have Another will be the first horse to take the Triple Crown since Affirmed did it in 1978, guided by a teenaged Steve Cauthen. Secretariat won the Triple Crown in 1973, famously winning the Belmont Stakes by 31 lengths.
I’ll Have Another is owned by Paul Reddam and trained by Doug “Milkshake” O’Neill. O’Neill has a steady history of drug violations, as do almost all of the top racehorse trainers in the U.S.
Andrew Cohen, in his article “Secretariat’s Owner on the Triple Crown and Racing Integrity” says about Mrs. Chenery:
- “Penny Chenery may or may not be the most important woman in the history of American horse racing but she surely is the most symbolic. The world largely knows her as the brave and graceful owner of the late Secretariat, the fastest, most sublime racehorse most of us will ever see.”
Read more at The Atlantic >>
Doug O’Neill, responding to Mr. Cohen’s article, says he is upset by Mrs. Chenery’s criticism.
“It’s disappointing because of how much respect I have for Mrs. Chenery,” O’Neill said Tuesday in an Associated Press article. “I would love to have her hang out with me for a week and would stress to her, ‘Don’t believe everything that is written.’ “ .
The AP article continues:
O’Neill has been fined four times and currently faces a 45-day suspension because one of his horses was found to have an excess level of total carbon dioxide following a race — frequently a sign of an illegal practice known as milkshaking.
Because O’Neill did not administer a typical “milkshake” to the horse in question, he seems to feel justified in denying he has ever “milkshaked” or otherwise doctored a horse. His record clearly shows otherwise.
Is this O’Neill’s version of California dreaming? All I can say is, change the record. -Ed.
Int’l Fund for Horses
— The Chemical Horse, by Jane Allin