I really dislike Doug O'Neil and have for quite a while now. More than the repeated drug violations (because let's face it, you'd be hard pressed to find any top race trainers without at least one drug violation), I have a real problem with the fact that the breakdown rate of horses trained by him is TWICE the national average. There's something very wrong there, in my opinion. He's been under a lot of scrutiny these past 5 weeks, so I believe he had no choice but to scratch IHA. I have a feeling though, if this weren't a triple crown horse we were talking about, the horse would still be running.
I do find it pretty messed up that a trainer can be facing suspension in one state, but they can just cross state lines and continue to race elsewhere.
In my opinion, Doug O'Neil represent everything that is wrong with the racing world. I am very glad he won't have a chance at the Triple Crown this year.
Not that I though IHA was going to pull it off anyway. As soon as I watched Dullahan barreling down the stretch, like a freight train, in the Derby, I knew he was my pick for the Belmont.
I'm just disappointed that I won't get to see Doug O'Neil's face when he lost.