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|I'll Have Another|
|Topic Started: Jul 11 2012, 11:02 PM (37 Views)|
|Skookum||Jul 11 2012, 11:02 PM Post #1|
I'll Have Another's Injury Was Preexisting
July 11, 2012
New developments in the ongoing story involving I'll Have Another were unearthed today. In a recent report written by Joe Drape and Walt Bogdanich of The New York Times, it was reiterated that the Triple Crown hopeful had indeed been suffering from preexisting tendon injuries.
Furthermore, the article exposes the claim of IHA trainer Doug O'Neill, who called the injury "freakish," as being overstated and somewhat false.
According to veterinary records, I'll Have Another's condition was "chronic" and "active." A veterinarian who reviewed the veterinary records for The New York Times concluded that "osteoarthritis has been with this horse for a period of time."
The other major development cited in the report was the use of painkillers on I'll Have Another following his Preakness victory. Two days before running in the last leg of the Triple Crown, I'll Have Another was injected with "two powerful painkillers as well as a synthetic joint fluid."
This report adds new fuel to a fire of skepticism surrounding O'Neill and his handling of I'll Have Another during the Triple Crown. O'Neill was already known as a trainer who was previously cited for drug violations and has a known high-breakdown rate of horses under his care. In this very legal but possibly harmful handling of I'll Have Another, O'Neill again turns the focus to drugs' influence on thoroughbred racing.
It is a common sentiment that while drugs like Salix, "bute," and other painkillers do not directly enhance performance, they do have a major role in horse racing. While many horses may not be fit to race, they are given drugs to quell effects and symptoms of debilitating ailments.
I'll Have Another was sold to a Japanese farm for $10 million following his retirement earlier this summer.
O'Neill will begin serving a 40-day suspension in August after he decided not to continue with an appeal to the California Horse Racing Board.
|Skookum||Jul 11 2012, 11:11 PM Post #2|
After $10 Million Sale, I'll Have Another's Poor Health Revealed
I'll Have Another, the horse that looked to be on track for a Triple-Crown victory this year if not for an apparent last-minute injury, has a history of ailments, according to The New York Times, which is bad news for the Japanese stud farm that bought him for $10 million. According to The Times' Joe Drape and Walt Bogdanich, the ailments might've given I'll Have's buyers more insight into the animal when writing up their massive bid.
The horse's trainer and owner said the news came as a surprise to them, but The Times makes it seem like they should have known for a while: "Veterinarian records show that the coltís ailments had been developing for some time, a fact underscored by a veterinarian, Dr. James Hunt, who did the X-rays after the Preakness and then performed an ultrasound examination on the colt the day before the Belmont." Hunt said the horse had "chronic/active tendinitis." Another veterinarian, New York State-employed Dr. George Maylin, said the horse had had osteoarthritis for "a period of time."
The horse's trainer, Doug O'Neill, and owner Paul Reddam both told The Times the horse was healthy right up to the day before the Belmont, when he was scratched. Reddam wrote on Bloodhorse.com on Monday that the news of I'll Have Another's tendon injury, which put him out of Belmont and sidelined him from racing, had him on the verge of tears. "My little brother appeared, took one look at me, and asked me if our dad had died. I told my wife that I just wanted to get on a plane and go home immediately." The sale to Japan's Big Red farm was an economic move based almost purely on the price, he wrote. "Being that the one offer was four times higher in cash than the best offer here meant that I couldnít rationalize not selling him overseas." He sure was honest about his motives: "Certainly greed has something to do with it."
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