Updated on 01/23/2013 2:47PM

Dutrow to begin suspension Thursday


Richard Dutrow Jr. was to begin serving a 10-year suspension of his trainer’s license on Thursday but said he will not give up his fight to get back on the track at some point in the near future.

“I’m going to keep fighting,” Dutrow said Wednesday morning, one day before his suspension was set to begin.

Dutrow’s attorneys were expected on Wednesday to file a request for an injunction in federal court seeking a stay of the suspension handed him by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, but they did not do so. It was unclear why his attorney, Mitchell Elman, did not file, and neither Elman nor Dutrow returned repeated messages Wednesday afternoon.

Dutrow was suspended in Oct. 2011 by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for a history of rules violations that, most recently, included a positive test on a horse at Aqueduct in Nov. 2010 as well as having three syringes loaded with a banned substance in the desk drawer of his Aqueduct office.

Earlier this year, Dutrow was denied his appeal of the board’s ruling by a mid-level state court of appeals, and the state’s highest appeals court on two occasions declined to hear the case.

Dutrow claims to have new evidence that he believes will help him achieve his injunction and/or a stay if he is able to present it before a judge. Neither Dutrow nor his attorney Elman would elaborate on the evidence.

“We thought we were going to get it in, but we’re dead so now we have to find another way to get it in, and we will,” Dutrow said.

Dutrow did go out a winner as his Colossal Gift won Aqueduct’s ninth race on Wednesday. He was not present at the track for the race and has not been present in the afternoons since he was officially handed notice of his suspension last week.

“I just watch the races at the house. It’s no big deal, I’m not ducking anybody,” Dutrow said Wednesday morning. “I haven’t changed my format in any kind of way.”

Beginning Thursday, he will have to change his format as he will not be permitted on the grounds of any New York Racing Association track – Aqueduct, Belmont, or Saratoga. Since most states abide by suspensions, Dutrow most likely will not be able to participate in racing in any jurisdiction. That includes Florida, where he has horses stabled at Palm Meadows and Gulfstream Park.

On a gloomy Wednesday morning at Aqueduct, Dutrow was at the barn where he simply jogged all of his horses over Aqueduct’s sloppy inner track.

He seemed resigned to his fate as he spoke quietly, sitting in his black Mercedes, hours before his lawyers had been scheduled to go to court.

“If it doesn’t go my way I’m going to have to do something,” Dutrow said. “I don’t know exactly what yet, so we’ll see. I’m just hoping that we win [in court] today after that I’ll deal with [what’s] next – I don’t know what that is, but I’ll deal with it.”

Dutrow, 53, has been around horses his entire life. He worked for his father, trainer Richard Dutrow Sr., before going out on his own. He had a checkered career with multiple rules infractions mixed with multiple stakes victories. In 2005, he won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Saint Liam, who went on to be voted Horse of the Year.

In 2008, Dutrow won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness with Big Brown.

Dutrow has been a lightning rod on the racetrack. The majority of trainers respect him as a horseman. Outsiders view him as a cheater. “It’s just like A-Rod,” Dutrow said, referring to New York Yankees starter Alex Rodriguez. “Some people love him, some people hate him, some people don’t care. It’s been like that all my life. A lot of people like me, a lot of people don’t. A lot of people don’t care. If you would ask my horses, all of them love me, all of them. That’s why I’m here – for the horses.”

Note: An earlier version of this story misstated the name of Dutrow's last winner. The trainer's last winner was Colossal Gift, not Coalition.


serio_mserio More than 1 year ago
Sorry to see he is a scapegoat for horse racings issues
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think Colette is Rick's new alias!!
Frankie A. George More than 1 year ago
I have been a racing fan for over 30 years; I believe that horse racing is the best athletic spectacle on earth,however,I am at a loss when I see racing fans so apathetic about the sport. Richard Dutrow, whatever, his flaws, has been great for the sport; his horses are always well cared and he runs them often which is certainly good for NYRA. How could we as fans stand idly by and watch NYRA, an organization which does not have a stellar reputation,persecute a man and try to take away his livelihood? I would like to see Mr.Christ and those other commentators start a petition to stop NYRA from trying to ruin a man's life
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
take away his livelihood?....what about the livelihood of the others who cant win because this guy is cheating...since when is having cheats in the game beneficial?.why would the racing form defend cheating especially by a guy that falsified workouts.doped horses and had multiple infractions.
Henry C Pierce More than 1 year ago
Henry Pierce There is few thing's worth than cheating or breaking the rules,of the race to win. He learned well from his teacher.
Kristin Sabo More than 1 year ago
This is the genius who thinks that women don't belong on the backstretch and is so freaking arrogant that he said this in the Kentucky Derby broadcast. GOOD RIDDANCE
John Jp More than 1 year ago
Somewhere The Bald Eage, Woody, Lucian, are smiling.
John Jp More than 1 year ago
PeterG More than 1 year ago
Horse Entered Under Name of Dutrow Assistant (article from Equibase) 01/16/2013 8:29 PM ET Longtime Richard Dutrow Jr. assistant Michele Nevin could officially saddle a horse for the first time Jan. 19 in the Florida Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park. Nevin is listed as the trainer of record for two-time grade I winner Teaks North in Saturday's race for older Florida-breds. The entry comes at a time that Dutrow's immediate future is uncertain; his 10-year suspension from the New York State Racing Board could begin soon. In Teaks North's most recent start Dec. 22 at Gulfstream, the embattled Dutrow was listed as trainer. That day, Teaks North finished 10th in the El Prado Stakes on the Gulfstream turf. Before that Dec. 22 effort, Justin Sallusto saddled Teaks North in his previous 17 starts, including last year's Florida Sunshine Millions Turf. Teaks North was transferred to Dutrow for the El Prado, which was his first start in which John Roberts' Resolute Group Stables was listed as sole owner. Roberts first got involved in racing through IEAH Stable, owner of Dutrow-trained dual classic winner Big Brown . Roberts was one of the IEAH partners in Big Brown. Dutrow, was expected to file a legal appeal of his ban Jan. 16, possibly in a federal court. The NYSRWB said Dutrow will be served suspension papers Jan. 17 if no further court action prevents it.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Peter, did you really not think that his assistants would become the trainer of record for many of the horses in his barn?
PeterG More than 1 year ago
I'm just posting the info because it relates to this story. None of my own words are in that post. The article is posted on Equibase's home page right now.
catinabox More than 1 year ago
Buh-bye now
Stephen Taylor More than 1 year ago
Not to sound bitter because the angle has made me money, but when I see horses from some trainers (Dutrow) I have to use the possibility of PED's in the equation. (I was all over the horse that won the Bishop with 3 days rest). It's hard enough to pick winners without having to try to figure out which ones might be getting "help" from the pharmacy!