Doug O’Neill Expanding Barn to include Belmont Park
Two-time Kentucky Derby winning trainer Doug O’Neill expanded his reach this last Spring to include operations in Oaklawn Park and Dubai. Now, we hear he is moving horses to Kentucky and New York.
O’Neill shipped 12 horses to Belmont Park including Blue Chip Thoroughbred purchase Liam’s Pride. O’Neill recently ran Four Left in the Belmont Stakes.
“I think with everything going on in California racing that Doug just wanted to hedge his bet a little,” commented Blue Chip owner Steve McPherson. “His clientele races at the highest level so it isn’t that big of a deal for Doug to have multiple operations.”
O’Neill won the Kentucky Derby with both Nyquist and I’ll Have Another. McPherson thinks O’Neill got the shaft earlier this year when he wasn’t selected to the Hall of Fame.
“It’s the same old thing with the East Coast voters. They dropped the ball again. Not only did they not vote Doug in, but they voted a jockey in who had 1,000 less wins than Corey Nakatani. It was just ridiculous. Both of those guys belong in the Hall.”