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Doug O’Neill /Trainer

Doug O’Neill nearly pulled off the rare feat of three Kentucky Derby wins in a decade. He guided I’ll Have Another (2012) and Nyquist (2016) to the roses and came up just shy in 2021 with Hot Rod Charlie, who checked in third across the wire, beaten a length.

Hot Rod Charlie also just missed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at 2 and went on to capture the $1-million Louisiana Derby.

O’Neill has been a leading trainer in Southern California for more than two decades and first stepped onto the national spotlight with Hall of Famer Lava Man. Doug scored Breeders’ Cup wins in the Juvenile with Stevie Wonderboy and Nyquist, the Sprint with Thor’s Echo, the Filly and Mare Sprint with Maryfield and the Dirt Mile with Goldencents.

 

Accomplishments

Champions

Maryfield

Nyquist

Stevie Wonderboy

Thor’s Echo

 

Grade I Stakes winners

Avanzado

Bond Holder

Denman’s Call

Goldencents

Gomo

Great Hunter

I’ll Have Another

Lava Man

Mistical Plan

Nyquist

Pavel

Pohave

Private Zone

Ralis

Shamdinan

Sharp Lisa

Sky Jack

Spring At Last

Thor’s Echo

Wickedly Perfect