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Belmont Stakes 2012: Dullahan Trainer Dale Romans Rips Rules Changes

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The new changes for the 2012 running of the Belmont Stakes has horse owners upset, including Dullahan trainer Dale Romans who told the Associate Press, "[the New York State Racing and Wagering Board] thinks we're all crooks."

New rule changes for this year's race include stricter drug enforcement and the moving of all horses to a single barn three days before the race, however owners can move their horses in as early as Tuesday if they so desire.

Romans claims the new rules do not take the well-being of the horses into account. "They are not cars that you can just go and move from one garage to the next," he said.

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