O'Neill suspended 45 days
Doug O'Neill, the trainer of Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another, was suspended 45 days after one of his horses had an excessive level of carbon dioxide, but the punishment won't start before he saddles his Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.
The suspension comes in the final weeks of I'll Have Another's attempt to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner and first since Affirmed 34 years ago. The colt trained by O'Neill won the Derby on May 5 and then the Preakness on Saturday.
The California Horse Racing Board met in closed session Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif., to consider the recommended decision of a hearing officer in O'Neill's case. The board agreed with the officer's recommendations, which included the maximum punishment and fine -- $15,000 -- for the trainer.
Johnson out front at Colonial
Zach Johnson shot a bogey-free 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Colonial.
Johnson opened his round with a 40-foot birdie putt on his first hole, No. 10. The 2007 Masters champion is winless since his victory in the 2010 Colonial.
Elsewhere, Lonnie Nielsen of Orchard Park is tied for ninth after the first round of the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich.
Nielsen's 71 put him three strokes behind leader Roger Chapman of England in the year's first major for the Champions Tour.
At Wentworth, England, Ireland's Peter Lawrie and Scotland's David Drysdale shared the first-round lead at 6-under 66 in the BMW PGA Championship.
Isner out, Baker advances
Nikolay Davydenko beat top-seeded, John Isner, 6-4, 7-6 (4), joining second-seeded Gilles Simon and No. 3 Nicolas Almagro in the Open de Nice semifinals.
Isner finished with 13 aces, but Davydenko saved three break points and broke the big-serving American once in the first set. Davydenko, once ranked No. 3, next plays American Brian Baker, a wild card entry who defeated Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
From News Staff and wire service reports