Calif. racing board suspends Derby winning trainer Doug O'Neill

Calif. racing board suspends Derby winning trainer Doug O'Neill

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 19: Trainer Doug O'Neill celebrates in the winners circle after his horse I'll Have Another won the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 19, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Updated Thursday, May 24 at 8:15 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - - Kentucky Derby winning trainer Doug O'Neill has been suspended 45 days as a result of one of his horses exceeding the allowable limit for total carbon dioxide. But the punishment won't begin before July 1, ensuring he will be able to saddle I'll Have Another in next month's Belmont Stakes.

The suspension comes in the midst of I'll Have Another's bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. The colt trained by O'Neill won the Derby and then the Preakness last Saturday, and is preparing to run in the Belmont on June 9.
  
The California Horse Racing Board met in a closed session Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., to consider the recommended decision of a hearing officer in O'Neill's case.
 

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