Report: Doug O'Neill to appeal suspension
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Doug O'Neill, trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another, intends to fight his 45-day suspension by the California Horse Racing Board, according to a report Tuesday on the Daily Racing Form's website.
"I'll fight it until I can't fight it anymore,'' O'Neill said.
The penalty was assessed May 24 for an excess level of total carbon dioxide found in Argenta after a race at Del Mar in August 2010. The ban is not scheduled to begin until July 1 at the earliest.
CHRB spokesman Mike Marten said O'Neill had not notified the board of his decision to make a formal appeal.
Surgery on Giant Ryan delayed
Leg surgery on Giant Ryan, last year's champion New York-bred sprinter, has been delayed "because of concerns about the blood supply to the damaged part of the limb," according to a statement from Penn Vet at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.
The horse fractured both sesamoid bones in his left front fetlock Saturday when he broke down in midstretch at Belmont Park in the True North Handicap.
Giant Ryan was sent to New Bolton on Sunday for a surgical fusion of the fetlock joint to allow him to be saved for breeding. He is being treated "in an effort to restore the blood supply so fusion surgery can be performed safely at a later date."
Giant Ryan, trained by Bisnath Parboo, won eight of 17 starts and earned $686,841.
Secretariat's time revisited
After 39 years of controversy, the Maryland Racing Commission will investigate whether 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat set a track record in the Preakness. His former owner, Penny Chenery, and Maryland Jockey Club president Tom Chuckas requested the hearing to consider "compelling" evidence, based on advances in video technology, to determine the actual time.
Mike Gathagan, Maryland Jockey Club director of communications, confirmed the matter will be addressed after next Tuesday's regular agenda.
Pimlico's electronic timer caught Secretariat in 1:55 for 1 3/16 miles, but two Daily Racing Form clockers hand-timed him in 1:53 2/5. Pimlico's stewards and the commission later decided "extenuating circumstances" affected the timer, and the official time became what was reported by Pimlico's hand clocker: 1:54 2/5.
In a release by www.secretariat.com, Chenery said, "For me, revisiting this dispute is a matter of resolution -- for historians, for sportswriters and for racing fans."