Updated on 05/13/2011 4:13PM

Dutrow hearing in New York postponed


New York regulators have rescheduled a hearing to consider whether to revoke Richard Dutrow Jr.’s trainer’s license to June 1-2, as options for the trainer to enter horses in other states continue to dwindle.

Dutrow was initially scheduled to appear before the New York State Racing and Wagering Board on May 10-11, but the hearings were rescheduled at the request of Dutrow’s attorney, Gerard Romsky, who asked for additional time to prepare, according to Joe Mahoney, a spokesman for the board. Dutrow’s license in New York expires on Aug. 5, according to board records.

The New York hearing is one of several problems Dutrow is facing regarding his license. In April, the Licensing Review Committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission denied Dutrow a license, citing “misrepresentations” on his license application and a long history of violations. Though Dutrow has appealed the decision, with hearings scheduled for late June, the denial has had an impact on Dutrow’s willingness to apply for licenses in other jurisdictions.

In New Jersey, for example, Dutrow has not applied for a license, according to Frank Zanzuccki, the executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, even though the trainer applied for stalls at Monmouth Park, which is scheduled to open on Saturday. Zanzuccki said he has not communicated with Dutrow regarding his plans.

Dutrow declined to comment about his legal troubles on Thursday.

Mike Dempsey, the racing secretary at Monmouth, said that he could not award Dutrow stalls because his license was not current. Last year, Dutrow finished sixth in the trainer standings at Monmouth, winning 21 times from 81 starts and earning $864,890.

On the Monmouth opening-day card, This Ones for Phil is entered under the name of Anthony Dutrow, Richard Dutrow’s brother. The horse previously started under Richard Dutrow Jr.’s name.

Zanzuccki said that Dutrow would be interviewed as part of a license renewal. He declined to comment directly on Dutrow’s prospects for relicensing, but said that the process typically takes seven days. He said that suspensions within the past year or denials of licenses would be factors in determining whether to issue a new license to a trainer.

Dutrow is currently appealing two suspensions in New York for a total of 90 days. The first, a 60-day suspension, involves a positive finding of the powerful synthetic opioid butorphanol in one of his horses. The second, for 30 days, was handed down for the discovery of three syringes allegedly filled with the sedative xyzaline in his barn at Aqueduct. Dutrow has denied any wrongdoing in both cases.

– additional reporting by David Grening and Mike Farrell