Doug O'Neill, trainer for Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another, was handed a 45-day suspension by the California Horse Racing Board but won’t start serving the ban until after his horse runs in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
O’Neill was suspended after one of his horses, Argenta, tested positive for elevated levels of carbon dioxide in 2010. According to reports, the process known as “milkshaking” was suspected, which reduces fatigue by feeding the horse a mixture of bicarbonate of soda, sugar and electrolytes.
However, the board declared “milkshaking” was not used to elevate the carbon dioxide levels and that there were no suspicious betting patterns surrounding Argenta for the ace at Del Mar on Aug. 25, 2010, in which he finished eighth.
"I'm gratified that the CHRB found that I did not 'milkshake' a horse or engage in any intentional conduct that would result in an elevated TC02 level," O'Neill said in a statement. "I plan on examining and reviewing all of my options following the Belmont Stakes, but right now I plan on staying focused on preparing for and winning the Triple Crown."
I’ll Have Another opened as a 3-1 favorite to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown. He won the Kentucky Derby as a 12-1 long shot and came from behind to claim the Preakness Stakes at 7-2 odds.