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Former Dutrow-trained horses move into new barns in New York, Florida
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – With the 10-year suspension of his license officially taking effect Thursday, horses trained by Richard Dutrow Jr. have been formally placed in the care of other trainers.
In New York, where Dutrow has a barn full of horses stabled in Barn 10 at Aqueduct, Wesley Ward took over the training of approximately 42 horses. Six other horses, all owned by Paul Pompa Jr., were moved to different trainers, including the stakes winner This Ones for Phil, and Reaching Out, who was entered but scratched out of Thursday’s eighth race. Both went to Rudy Rodriguez, who is stabled four barns away from Dutrow at Aqueduct.
In south Florida, Michelle Nevin, a former assistant and former girlfriend of Dutrow’s, passed her trainer’s test Wednesday, according to Gulfstream Park president and general manager Tim Ritvo, and was given 20 stalls at Gulfstream Park.
Among the horses in Nevin’s care is Teaks North, who is entered to run in Saturday’s $150,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park.
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board’s suspension of Dutrow’s license for a history of rules violations went into effect Thursday after Dutrow’s attorneys failed to apply for an injunction or a stay in federal court Wednesday. It is expected that an application for an injunction will be made at some point, though Dutrow’s attorney, Mitchell Elman, did not specify when.
As per the suspension, Dutrow is denied access to the grounds of any NYRA track, a stipulation that most states also enforce as part of reciprocity.
In New York, stewards have the discretion to review any transfers of horses from a suspended trainer’s barn, and they generally review those transfers for any evidence linking payments to the suspended trainer. Under the order issued Thursday, Dutrow “shall not directly or indirectly participate in any share of purses or other payment.”
The order further states that Dutrow is prohibited from participating in “any arrangements made to care for, train, enter, race, invoice, collect fees or payments, manage funds, employ or insure workers, provide advice or information, or otherwise assist with any aspect of training of the horse.”
Ward has known Dutrow for nearly 30 years, first meeting him when Ward rode as an apprentice for Richard Dutrow Sr.
“Any way I can help him I sure would like to,” Ward, who has 40 horses of his own spread out at three locations in south Florida, said by phone Thursday morning. “As of [Wednesday], I didn’t know a name of an owner or a name of any of his horses; that’ll be a whole process we’ll be going through the next few days or weeks.”
Ward’s assistant, Joe Murphy, flew in from south Florida on Wednesday night to become acquainted with the horses as well as his staff. Murphy is the brother of former Eclipse Award-winning jockey Declan Murphy.
Groomedforvictory and Uncle T Seven, two horses formerly trained by Dutrow, were entered as an uncoupled entry under Ward’s name in Sunday’s $75,000 Turnofthecentury Stakes at Aqueduct.
Vincent Scuderi, who owns Uncle T Seven and two other horses previously trained by Dutrow, said he would wait another week before deciding whether to keep his horses with Ward or move them to other trainers. Scuderi also has horses in New York with Rodriguez and Bruce Levine.
Both Ward and Nevin expressed remorse about the way things turned out.
“I feel really bad for Rick,” Ward said. “This is his whole life. I’m not sure he even realizes what is happening.”
Nevin was rather glum, with the drama of recent weeks – and having worked for Dutrow for 12 years – obviously weighing on her.
“You can’t feel good about it,” she said. “He’s a good guy and a good horseman.”
While Nevin will become a trainer, the future of Dutrow’s longtime New York assistants Ricardo Rosas and Juan Rodriguez was less certain.
Rosas, 45, worked for Dutrow for 12 years. He said he had opportunities to go out on his own before but turned them down to stay with Dutrow.
“I loved working for him,” Rosas said.
Rodriguez, 41, who in past years was listed as the trainer of record when Dutrow served prior suspensions, has worked for Dutrow since the late 1980s.
Rodriguez said he wasn’t sure what he was going to do.
“I don’t know yet. I’ll wait until the last minute to see what’s going on,” Rodriguez said. “It’s not too easy to have this happen to him. It’s hard.”
– additional reporting by Matt Hegarty and Jay Privman
10 Years is too much. I won't bet a cent on a New York track. Its a boys club and he isn't part of it. Racing has been doing this for 130 years.
Now he can not even cook at the track, that's harsh.
i never spoken to the man saw Rick at the track alot i like him yes i think he should be s uspended but ten years thats tooooo much how would they like tobe out of work for ten yearsssssssssss
Investigation into the betting of the Zito trained Everydayhero. The exacta cameback a little light in that race. $60 horse winning and a 16 to 1 shot coming second in a nine horse field, paid $240 should have comeback $500 or more. They should investigate the horse how he could not raise a gallop in two races, then finish full of run at 30 to 1. Typical Zito form reversal.
Anyone with interconnected brain cells can probably see where having Michelle Nevin as a brand-spankin' new trainer in Florida might read as "Michelle acting as an agent for Dutrow". This is why any license she earned should be conditional on not being allowed to accept horses formerly in Dutrow's care or in his name. Obviously, that's not how the real world, or even racing, operates, but just wait until she's off to a flying start at Gulfstream, and people start "wondering" how she did it. That whole thing is awfully fishy.
This should be required reading for those who have an opinion or care about the state of drugs in racing. And yes PeterG I'm including you. Jockeyclub.com The Jockey Club Annual Round Table Conference The Thoroughbred Safety Committee - Drug Testing: The Present and the Future Presentation from Alan Foreman - Chairman & CEO, Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Associations Inc. regarding the state of drugs in horse racing from testing, funding, current problems and future concerns. "We have little, if any, research and development underway, nor are we preparing for the future generation of drugs, which may, in fact, already be upon us. For years, we have been consumed with concerns about tranquilizers and therapeutic medications that have been around for decades. While we should certainly be chasing all drugs that have the potential to affect performance, there are a new generation of doping agents entering the world of sports unlike anything we have seen before - genetic manipulators, the body doping itself - and we are unprepared. We have neither the resources nor the mechanism to address this emerging threat."
Zito just burned up a little more money. His horse the one in race number 8, did not make a move as third choice. It is amazing how his horses never make a run.
Does anyone have the list of all of Dutrows horses and which trainer they are now with? All these horses should be tracked for one year to see how they do in comparison when under Dutrow's care. Might either convict Dutrow further or help is cause.
I find myself to be a good enough handicapper that I dont need to look at a racing form at a Dutrow, Rodriguez, Jacobsen, Ness, Ward trainee and have to figure they should run a good one because they are under the influence.
Zito must feed his horses a big meal when he does not want them to run. His horses never come in the money. They either lose by double digits (98% of the time) or they win.