“I’m OK,” he said. “I’m happy for the horse because they’re taking care of him.”
While O’Neill was walking around asking others if they were OK, it was obvious a lot of people were taking the news hard.
“To have this happen is just really, really tough. It’s tough on the owners, it’s tough on the trainer and it’s tough on the public,” Turner said. “There are an awful lot of people who were looking forward to, this thing really was going to happen. And then it just didn’t.”
Rival trainers had nothing positive to say about the news. Even though Dullahan will likely go off as the favorite, trainer Dale Romans felt the pain for horse racing.
“It’s not even good for me,” he said, “because I am racing.”
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