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Doug O’Neill’s Saturday Night Notes

Doug O’Neill, the trainer of “I’ll Have Another”, is a controversial figure in horse racing and is accused of having a checkered past. Three of his previous horses have failed tests for having too high of a carbon dioxide level. According to regulators, this is evidence of “milkshaking”–the process of running a tube (filled with baking soda, sugar, and electrolytes) from the nose to the stomach of a horse, which apparently is a performance enhancer.

This is what Doug has to say about these allegations, according to the New York Daily News:

“It’s been a distraction but we play by the rules. I’m vigorously fighting the previous allegations and once everything is settled I’d love to have you guys over for a cocktail and share a lot of stuff, but I’ll Have Another and every horse in our barn go through a real intense physical exam and blood and urine exams. We run pure horses.”

Doug had this to say to the Washington Post:

“We had some people in charge of California racing I think didn’t like a few of us that were doing well. Anyway, it’s all being heard by the courts and I’m very confident everything will be fine.”

And after Doug’s horse won the second leg of the Triple Crown this afternoon, taking the Preakness Stakes, he talked about being a “C” student in high school and wanting to buy a swimming pool with his winnings. I’m not sure if Doug O’Neill is guilty of anything or not, but nevertheless, he’s a very entertaining and likeable guy. Let’s hope that Doug is cleared of any wrongdoing and in three weeks we can all celebrate “I’ll Have Another” after a successful quest for the Triple Crown, while Pete Thamel conducts interviews with horses who have been trained by O’Neill.

If you missed today’s race, you missed a thriller. You can watch it again right here:

Now, let’s move on to some more late night notes:

–UK softball stayed alive this afternoon with a victory over Valparaiso. Their reward: a nationally televised contest with Louisville this evening. Despite being no-hit through 4 innings against the Cards, UK fought back and made it a 3-2 game, but fell short in the end. Congrats to the softball team on another successful season. You’ll hear from a Louisville fan bragging about Softball in 3…2…1…

–UK baseball ended the 2nd best regular season in school-history in an extremely disappointing fashion, going 0-4 in a 4-game road-trip that started Tuesday at Murray State, before the team traveled to Starkville for a 3-game series with Mississippi State that concluded with an 11-3 loss this afternoon. With South Carolina and Florida losing today, UK was playing for a #1 seed in the SEC Tournament and a share of what would have been only the 2nd SEC title in school history. Instead, they will head to Hoover, AL as a #4 seed and will face Ole Miss at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

–On a related note, UK 2-sport star Brian Adams has announced he will not play football next season so that he can concentrate on baseball. Adams, who struggled getting his swing back after last football season, has found himself back into UK’s starting lineup and has played very well of late. Based on potential, Adams is expected to be drafted in this summer’s MLB Draft and he could forgo his senior year at UK on the baseball field as well if he is offered a nice signing bonus to play professionally.

–Basketball recruiting guru Evan Daniels tweeted that 2014 prospects Shane Hall and Davell Roby will take an unofficial visit here in Lexington tomorrow, following the Kentucky State AAU games.

And last but not least, some NBA notes…

–Eric Bledsoe only scored 2 points today and the young Clippers blew a 27 point lead to the veteran Spurs. San Antonio has a 3-0 lead in the series and will attempt a sweep over the Clippers tomorrow night at 10:30. Meanwhile, the Thunder are currently trying to extend their 2-1 series lead on the Lakers and you can check out the game right now on TNT. Tomorrow, former UK basketball student-manager and JV basketball player Frank Vogel will try to take a 3-1 lead over the Miami Heat at 3:30 tomorrow on ABC. Frank was one of “Bill’s Boys” and I am sure Mr. Keightley is smiling down from above, very proud of Vogel’s coaching job with the Pacers this season.


Article written by John Wilmhoff

Former beer vendor, college mascot and ESPN editor. This spring, you can also find me blogging about the Reds on Follow me on Twitter: @JohnWilmhoff

16 Comments for Doug O’Neill’s Saturday Night Notes

  1. Rick Fifteeno
    10:58 pm May 19, 2012 Permalink

    Softball got screwed on a call that same inning. The first base woman’s foot was not touching the bag, should have been a three run shot instead of two, still proud of the ladies

  2. BUCats
    12:12 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Video clip fail (on copyright grounds)

  3. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    12:15 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    1) yeah they got screwed over there

  4. ReallyGuys?
    12:42 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Hilarious that a week ago there was a post dedicated to how UK was to the Heat and now KSR is claiming the connection to the Pacers. Fair weather much? hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Guess i’ll take it!

  5. ReallyGuys?
    12:50 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Also, I read that the cousin of the sister of the uncle of the attending midwife of the ball boy for the Laker’s dad’s aunt went to UK for a semester. We should really show them some love.

  6. UKBlue
    2:00 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    To say ONeill is cheating is to say Pletcher, Amussen & Cal are cheating; this is such BS it’s ridiculous !! Milk shaking is so cold school it’s stupid; you want more oxygen not more carbon dioxide.

  7. Ridge Runner
    2:50 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Sometimes out of the blue, to some thinking the obvious, and totally perhaps off the subject at the moment…

    I pause, just smile and say out loud “hey, we are national champions.”

    Damn, life is good.

  8. That Really Guys Guy
    3:16 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Funny Stuff

  9. Greg B
    4:28 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    7 – and is the only thing that matters.

  10. Manbearpig
    5:28 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    So I’ll Have Another is going to be the new Lance Armstrong except with two functioning testicles?

  11. El Cormanyo
    7:42 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    If you can’t correctly spell “Keightley,” you shouldn’t write for this site.

  12. Bigbluedaddio
    9:16 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Can we please stop calling Brian Adams a two sport star? Heck, outside of one spring game, did he ever make a positive contribution on the gridiron? He was hurt all the time! No offense to the kid, and I wish him luck but good grief with the undeserved superlatives

  13. bluefan
    9:46 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    What’s going on with the #’s?

    Thanks, Ridge, exactly right.

    Sorry, not rooting for Pacers or any other Indiana team. Well, unless one of our beloved players lands there one day.

  14. jaaaaayyyyyy
    9:53 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    If it worked with his schedule, it would be cool for Frank Vogel to be the Y sometime at a game this year. I realize alot of the crowd wouldn’t know him just by name, but if introduced as former manager and JV player and current coach of the Indiana Pacers, he’d get a nice response.

  15. BravoBigBlue
    1:26 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Horseracing is crooked? Please, NO! What about boxing, pro wrestling, major league baseball? It can’t be!

  16. Dr. Doolittle
    4:57 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    6: Excess carbon dioxide is the byproduct, not the goal of milkshaking. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is the base element used to neutralize lactic acid produced during exercise. Some believe that lactic acid is responsible for fatigue, so the thought is that reducing lactic acid produced during exercise would allow greater stamina and endurance. It does seem a risky bet, since the treatment will result in death if the tube enters the lungs instead of the stomach of the horse.