California horse racing is having a successful year. The 3-year-old colt I'll Have Another, trained by Santa Monica-based trainer Doug O'Neill, won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. On June 9, I'll Have Another could be the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to grab the Triple Crown, if he wins the Belmont Stakes.
But as O'Neill prepares the horse for the race of his life, he's dealing with a battle on another front — the trainer is accused of using performance enhancing drugs on another race horse he trained back in 2010. The practice is called "milkshaking," a performance enhancing concoction that helps horses avoid fatigue.
Today, the California Horse Racing Board will decide O'Neill's fate at a board meeting at Hollywood Park. O'Neill faces a six-month suspension, but will likely be granted a 30-day stay to participate in the Belmont Stakes.
Brad Free, covers Southern California for the Daily Racing Form.