10/30/2007 11:00PM

Dutrow penalized for falsehood

EmailThe New Jersey Racing Commission suspended trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. for 14 days and fined him $5,000 for giving false or misleading statements during the course of an investigation. The suspension began Sunday, one day after Dutrow won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Monmouth Park.

Jockey Rudy Rodriguez, who works as an assistant to Dutrow, was suspended seven days and fined $1,000.

The suspensions came as a result of an investigation into Wild Desert, who won the 2005 Queen's Plate at Woodbine. Though the horse was actually stabled and training at Aqueduct, he showed a workout at Monmouth Park on May 29, six weeks before his victory in the Queen's Plate. At the time, the New York Racing Association's racing secretary, Mike Lakow, did not want the horse on the grounds of a NYRA track because of a dispute he had with the colt's owner, Daniel Borislow.

While Dutrow is under suspension, his horses in New York will be saddled by Juan Rodriguez.

In September, the New York stewards penalized Rudy Rodriguez, Juan Rodriguez, and Michelle Nevin for obtaining a false workout for Wild Desert.