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Joyful Ride for Trainer O'Neill

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Doug O'Neill kept jumping.

The California trainer was positioned just off the rail at Churchill Downs, halfway between the finish line and the gap where the horses enter the track. Luckily, O'Neill is a tall man. He was standing about two deep on what could be described as cramped festival standing, but he had a clear view of the track.

Then when the horse he trains, I'll Have Another, came barreling down the stretch, passing the tiring Bodemeister, O'Neill started jumping.

Jumping up and down, up and down.

Here was this bearded man in a funny checkered hat, acting as if he was on some kind of pogo stick.

Jumping for joy.

After all, he had just won the Kentucky Derby.


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