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Top Associated Horses:
Black Magic Mama,
Life by R R,
Tap It Light,
High Court Drama,
There Goes Gee Gee
Biography, Highlights and Media:
- Born: May 24, 1968, Dearborn, Mich.
- Residence: Santa Monica, Calif.
- Family: wife Linette, children Daniel and Kaylin Dixie. Credits brother Dennis, his chief assistant, with getting him started in training.
- Web site: www.dougoneillracing.com
- Has saddled 19 Breeders' Cup starters previously, with three winners: Stevie Wonderboy in the 2005 Juvenile, Thor's Echo in the ’06 Sprint and Maryfield in the inaugural Filly & Mare Sprint in ’07. All three won Eclipse Awards in their divisions. Finished second in the 2008 Juvenile with Square Eddie.
- Was on the wildest ride of his career this past spring when he saddled I'll Have Another to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. However, as often happens, despair followed as the 3-year-old colt suffered tendinitis and was pulled from the Belmont Stakes, ending his quest for the Triple Crown. Later, the dual classic winner was sold by owner J. Paul Reddam to Japanese interests for $10 million.
- Befriended Hope Hudson, a 12-year-old from Missouri who is battling a rare disease, after meeting her on the backstretch of Churchill Downs Derby week and brought her into the winner's circle for both the Derby and Preakness. She and her family were at Churchill for her first up-close look at the Thoroughbreds she loves, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- O'Neill had another setback not long after the Belmont as he was suspended for 40 days for an overage of carbon dioxide in one of his horses in 2010 under the trainer insurer rule. The California Horse Racing Board determined he was not guilty of any wrongdoing, specifically ruling that he did not "milkshake" the horse, but as the trainer he is ultimately responsible for the health and welfare of horses in his care. His suspension began during the Del Mar meeting and ended Sept. 29, in time for him to resume training with an eye toward the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita.
- One of the nicer things that happened to the O"Neill Stable during the Del Mar meet was the purchase of the multiple graded stakes winner Richard's Kid by several of his clients. In his first start for his new connections, Richard's Kid finished in the Pacific Classic (G1), a race he had won the previous two years. He was trained by longtime O'Neill assistant Leandro Mora in O'Neill's absence.
- Mora, a former assistant to Brian Mayberry who O'Neill has referred to as the "Captain of the Team," handled the stable for the rest of the Del Mar meet and chalked up 10 victories, giving the O'Neill stable 28 wins overall for the meet, but leaving O'Neill, himself, in third-place in the rankings behind Peter Miller and Bob Baffert with 18 victories.
- Among the O'Neill prospects for the 2012 Breeders' Cup is 2-year-old colt Know More, winner of Del Mar's G1 Best Pal Stakes and the first first-time strater to win a graded stakes in memory at the seaside racetrack. His other possibe starters include Richard's Kid, who was sixth in the 2009 Classic for then owner Arnold Zetcher and trainer Bob Baffert, and Handsome Mike, who earned a spot with his 19-1 upset of the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.
- A perennial leading trainer in Southern California in recent years, he has won 25 titles on the circuit since 2002, including the spring/summer Hollywood Park and Del Mar titles in 2010. The Hollywood Park title was his fifth for the spring/summer meet. In 2007, he tied with Jeff Mullins, each saddling 26 winners, a record number for a Hollywood Park spring meet ... Most recently he was leading trainer at the 2011 Fairplex Meet.
- His major performer in 2010 was Enriched, a half-brother to the retired Lava Man, the trainer's multiple G1 winner. Enriched has posted eight in-the-money finishes, including three victories; his biggest win coming in the Del Mar Mile (G2).
- Top performers in 2009 were Informed, winner of the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar and Hollywood Park's Californian Stakes, both G2 events; the filly Necessary Evil, winner of the Hollywood Championship Stakes (G3) against colts, and third in Del Mar's Sorrento Stakes (G3), and Acting Lady, winner of the Providencia Stakes (G2).
- Associated with one of the greatest claim stories in racing history with Lava Man. Claimed for $50,000 at Del Mar in Aug. 2004, the gelding was retired in Aug. 2008 with earnings of $5,268,706, more than $5-million since the claim by S T D Racing and Jason Wood. In 2006, Lava Man swept Southern California's top three races for older horses – the Santa Anita Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup and Del Mar's Pacific Classic – the first time any horse won all three races in the same year. Lava Man's third successive Hollywood Gold Cup in 2007 put him in the record books with the legendary Native Diver as the only other horse to accomplish the feat. With the Gold Cup win over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track, Lava Man became the first horse in history to win a G1 race over three different surfaces ... Lava Man now serves as a stable pony for O'Neill.
- Won his 1,000th North American race when No Means Maybe captured the Bustles and Bows at Fairplex Park Sept. 13, 2007 … O'Neill's first stakes win was Tanks Forthemusic in the 1996 CTBA Marian Stakes at Fairplex Park.
- First major stakes winner was Classy Cara, winner of the 2000 Fantasy Stakes and Honeymoon Handicap … Won his first Grade 1 race when Sky Jack scored in the 2002 Hollywood Gold Cup (G1) ... Won the 2003 Japan Cup Dirt with 48-1 longshot Fleetstreet Dancer, a $40,000 claim by O'Neill in 2002.
- Named California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association Trainer of the Year in 2002 and 2006.
- Other stakes winners trained include Sharp Lisa, Supah Blitz, Cobalt Blue, Notional, Great Hunter, Shamdinan, Excessivepleasure and Super Freaky.
- Began working at the track in 1986, right out of high school, and learned under Jude Feld, Hector Palma and Doug Peterson before taking out his license in 1994.
Breeders' Cup Record
|2004||Juvenile Fillies||Sharp Lisa||6th|
| ||Juvenile||Stevie Wonderboy||1st|
| ||Distaff||Sharp Lisa||6th|
| ||Juvenile||Great Hunter||3rd|
| ||Sprint||Thor's Echo||1st|
|2007||Filly & Mare Sprint||Maryfield||1st|
| ||Juvenile Fillies||Grace Anatomy||7th|
|2008||Dirt Mile||Slew's Tiznow||10th|
| ||Dirt Mile||Slew's Tizzy||11th|
| ||Juvenile||Azul Leon||9th|
| ||Juvenile||Square Eddie||2nd|
| ||Juvenile Fillies||Black Magic Mama||8th|
|2009||Turf Sprint||Square Eddie||10th|
|2010||Turf Sprint||Quick Enough||10th|
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