At first, Doug O'Neill thought his prank caller pal Mark was at it again.
So when the trainer of Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another was told Jessica Steinbrenner was on the line the other day, O'Neill wasn't buying it.
''OK, Mark, what's going on?'' he said into the phone, only to hear the voice on the other end reply. ''No, this is really Jessica.''
The daughter of late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner invited O'Neill, jockey Mario Gutierrez and I'll Have Another owner Paul Reddam to each throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium before the Met-Yankees game June 8 -- the night before the colt attempts to win the Belmont Stakes and become racing's first Triple Crown winner in 34 years.
''What a huge honor it is,'' O'Neill said at a news conference Monday at Belmont Park. ''That should be a blast.''
Team O'Neill has been quite a hit at ballparks during I'll Have Another's Triple Crown quest. Four days after the colt won the Kentucky Derby, Gutierrez was at Dodger...