I’ll Have Another, the thoroughbred who recently won both
the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, would seem to be in an exalted position
as the Belmont Stakes approaches—but even horses at the top of the racing world
are at constant risk. I’ll Have Another’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, has been in
hot water for drugging violations for more than a decade, and there’s no reason
to trust him now. That’s why PETA is asking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to take
special measures to see that I’ll Have Another is protected in the days leading
up to the final Triple Crown race on June 9.
Time to Step Up
Against Shady Training
O’Neill has been cited more than a dozen times for violating numerous drug rules in multiple states, culminating in his suspension last week by the California Horse Racing Board. According to a recent New
York Times report, O’Neill’s horses also break down or show signs of injury at more than twice the national rate.
Gov. Cuomo cares about thoroughbreds—he recently took control of horse racing in his state, suspending the badly managed New York Racing Association and
forming a government board charged with reforming drug use and protecting the
health and safety of horses and jockeys. So PETA is urging Gov. Cuomo to follow
through on this goal by putting I’ll Have Another on round-the-clock
surveillance in the five days before the Belmont to make sure that he won’t be
doped up on any of the dangerous substances that O’Neill has used in the past.
How You Can Help
Article source: PETA Files