Latest Doug O'Neill News

Essential Quality probably tops in Triple Crown gray area

Jun. 06, 2021 12:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three Triple Crown races, three different winners and one isn't even decided yet. More than five weeks since the Kentucky Derby and with the Belmont Stakes over, the Triple Crown season is still muddled in uncertainty. Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit...

Hot Rod Charlie being run in Belmont in memory of Jake Panus

Jun. 03, 2021 18:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jake Panus wanted to help Native American children and walk on to play football at South Carolina. His death in August in a car crash stopped all that at age 16. After his father, Stephen, fought through the first wave of grief, good...

Belmont Stakes: New York a standard-setter on medications

Jun. 03, 2021 14:09 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Bob Baffert was banned from entering horses in the Belmont Stakes, it was the latest example of the New York Racing Association taking a strong stand on medications. Long before Baffert-trained Medina Spirit failed a post-Kentucky Derby drug test,...

Prat honors commitment to ride Hot Rod Charlie in Belmont

Jun. 02, 2021 14:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — After Flavien Prat rode Hot Rod Charlie in the Kentucky Derby, he committed ride him again at the Belmont Stakes. Trainer Doug O'Neill called Prat's agent multiple times since to double check. When Prat won the Preakness aboard Rombauer, O'Neill made...

With fans and flowery hats, Derby is back at old home in May

Apr. 30, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The bourbon is flowing again, flowery hats and humans are on the scene and 19 horses are ready to run the most chaotic race of their lives. After being disrupted by a pandemic, the Kentucky Derby is back with many of its traditions intact. ...

Kentucky Derby is family affair for Asmussens and O'Neills

Apr. 29, 2021 02:21 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Steve Asmussen grew up in a barn in dusty Laredo, Texas. He and older brother Cash were the help in their parents' Ma-and-Pa stable. Nearly 4,000 miles away, Patrick O'Neill watched from Hawaii as his Uncle Doug made his way up the training ranks. ...

Kentucky Derby horses running without Lasix under new rule

Apr. 27, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Derby is steeped in tradition: a blanket of red roses to the winner, fancy hats worn by mint julep-sipping spectators and its first Saturday in May date on the calendar. There's a major change coming to the 147th Derby. ...