Dutrow seeks Kentucky license at Tuesday hearing
Via TD Thornton
Richard E. Dutrow, Jr., who in February get my license back to train horses in New York after a 10-year revocation order imposed by the New York State Gambling Commission (NYSGC), was on the agenda of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s license review committee meeting. (KHRC) on Tuesday to try and get his license back in that state.
The 63-year-old GI Kentucky Derby-winning coach with a long and controversial history of racing violations has gone 1-1-1 in three starts at Belmont Park since starting again his career with new shares on May 6.
Earlier this week, Dutrow was new coach name for the GI Florida Derby winner of 2022 White Abarrio (Race Day). An ownership organization for that pony, C2 Racing Stable, stated that the conversion was necessary to ensure White Abarrio could campaign for the large sums raised by Churchill Downs Inc., (CDI). recent indefinite suspension, to White Abarrio’s former condition, Saffie Joseph, Jr.
According to the KHRC meeting notice, the May 30 format will be for the committee to hold a closed session “to consider individual adjudications. The committee will reconvene in open session to vote on the license applications of the participants.”
Dutrow cadets made more than $87 million between 1979 and 2013. They won a variety of graded bets, including three Breeders’ Cup races and the 2008 Kentucky Derby against Big Brown. He often topped the coach rankings at New York racetracks during the 2000s.
Around the same time, Dutrow’s official rap newspaper, maintained by the International Association of Racing Commissioners, began to surface violations involving a range of equine pharmaceuticals.
Between 2000 and the 2008 Triple Crown attempt with Big Brown, Dutrow was charged with 18 drug offences, ranging from relatively minor offenses to overdoses of the legal drugs phenylbutazone and Lasix, to to more serious allegations of the use of mepivacaine, an anesthetic that can cause anesthesia. used to make sick horses feel no pain.
In addition to the $20,000 drug fine, Dutrow was also fined $5,000 for providing false information to authorities about a workout, and fined $25,000 in 2007 for being exposed to a barn. his horse while he was said to be suspended from competition.
On November 20, 2010, intern Dutrow Fastus Cactus tested positive for butorphanol after a winning attempt at Aqueduct. Dutrow’s warehouse was searched and investigators claimed to have found in a desk drawer three syringes filled with the muscle relaxant, xylazine.
The NYSGC’s predecessor, the New York State Racing and Betting Council, revoked Dutrow’s license on October 12, 2011.
Dutrow fought that recall for two years, both at the racing committee level and in court. His suspension officially began on January 17, 2013. Later that year, he filed a failed federal lawsuit to claim damages for money and reinstate his license.
In 2017, Dutrow filed for and was granted Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection, claiming that he had no income and total liabilities of $1.76 million.
In 2018, a collective of supporters launched an online petition calling for the NYSGC to allow Dutrow to return to training. The petition was signed by several Hall-of-Fame coaches and jockeys, but it failed to sway the committee.
In 2020, Dutrow’s legal team tried a different route by applying for a license in Kentucky. Appearing before the KHRC’s license review committee, former NYSGC manager Stephen Lewandowski testified on behalf of Dutrow, alleging that the syringes found in Dutrow’s warehouse in 2011 had been planted. Fellow trainer Dale Romans also endorsed Dutrow, as did renowned equine surgeon, Dr. Larry Bramlage.
That 2020 KHRC committee voted not to grant Dutrow a license without giving a reason. At that time, TDN reported that the committee’s chairman, Ken Jackson, said during the meeting that it was the committee’s policy not to comment on its rulings after they were made.
However, the KHRC license review committee allowed Dutrow to withdraw his application so he could avoid license denial on his record.
Dutrow has since filed a $50,000 NYSGC fine, his New York license revocation period ended on January 17, 2023, and he now has a valid New York license in hand.
According to the KHRC website, the current members of the license review committee are Lesley Howard (chairman), Paul Brooker (hostess appointee), Jamie Eads, Greg Harbut and George Haydon.
Dutrow is one of four coaches on the agenda. The others are Patricia Brewer, David Ward and Francesca de la Flor.