All along, trainer Dale Romans said he had the horse to beat in the Belmont Stakes. Now he does.
Despite vigorously denying he gave one of his horses an illegal performance-enhancing mixture, trainer Doug O’Neill was suspended 45 days — a ban that won’t take effect until after his superstar colt, I’ll Have Another, tries to win the Triple Crown.
Doug O’Neill has three weeks to prepare I’ll Have Another for a final run at the Triple Crown, and the suddenly popular trainer likely will spend some of that time fielding questions about pending penalties tied to allegations of giving his horses improper drugs.
The win was in Kentucky, but a lot of the cheering was here in Maryland. That’s because the trainer of this year’s Kentucky Derby winner lives and works in Fair Hill, in Cecil County.
Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. has some explaining to do.