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Belmont Stakes 2012: I'll Have Another Under Cloud of Rumors

A horse is looking to win the Triple Crown. Que the rumors of illegalities.

After I'll Have Another came from behind once again to defeat Bodemeister and claim the Preakness, rumors of drug usage have started to intensify.

I'll Have Another's trainer, Doug O'Neill has been taking some heat from the racing community for supposedly giving his horse some chemical help. O'Neill has strongly denied all of the allegations.

"We play by the rules," O'Neill said, according to "It's all about the horse. We're going to focus on the horse. I think we've got a horse and a team that, with a little bit of luck, will have an unbelievable time in three weeks."

O'Neill has also shot down rumors that I'll Have Another has received a "milkshake", also known as a combination of bicarbonate soda, sugar and electrolytes.

"I swear on my kids' eyes I never milkshaked a horse," O'Neill said nine days before the Preakness. "We had some people in charge of California racing I think didn't like a few of us that were doing well. Anyway, it's all being heard by the courts and I'm very confident everything will be fine."

Triple Crown 2012: I'll Have Another Wins Preakness Stakes (via sbnation)

This is an all to familiar backdrop heading into the Belmont Stakes.

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