02/05/2013 10:55AM

Hearing officer upholds Kentucky decision to deny Dutrow a license

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LEXINGTON – A hearing officer in Kentucky has upheld a decision by the licensing committee of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to deny a racing license to the embattled trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.

The ruling, issued Monday, is largely moot because Dutrow has had his license revoked in New York and is no longer training. Still, the hearing officer’s ruling is noteworthy in establishing the grounds on which the licensing committee can deny licenses to trainers and other racing participants.

The hearing officer, Robert Layton, wrote that Dutrow’s long history of violations and conflicting testimony during a hearing in April 2011 provided ample grounds for the committee to deny the license, citing the powers granted to the racing commission. Referencing multiple occasions when Dutrow admitted to collecting payments from owners while under suspension and his failure to list criminal convictions on his license application, Layton wrote that Dutrow’s history included acts that “would have been noteworthy as corrupt even in the olden days of the wild west, and cannot have any allowed place in any modern racing jurisdiction.”

The licensing committee denied the application several months after the New York State Racing and Wagering Board suspended Dutrow for 10 years. Dutrow immediately appealed that ruling, and he continued to train until January of 2013, when he had exhausted all of his appeals in the New York court system.

Tammy Taylor More than 1 year ago
He is a very bad trainer to want to miss treat any horse buy injections and he got what he deserves I pray to god that these greedy trainers that do this get more of the same . No names at this time they know who they are and God don't like ugly!! A victory for the Horses at last. He belongs in a Horror film cause he is a monster on the loose. Jail time wouldn't hurt him either.
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
All those years breaking the rules and thumbing your nose to those on the Racing Board in those hearings have finally caught upwith you, its just too bad you weren't banned for life which is what should have been done in the first place to end this circus that is now going on. You give the Sport Of Kings a bad rap and you have blackened the eye of Horse Racing for the last time. Good ridance idiot seek another way to make a living not involving racing. Those that support you should be ashamed of themselves
Thomas Anderson More than 1 year ago
Guys like Dutrow give horse racing a bad rap. There are some good honest trainers who know how to train a horse where he knows how to cheat. He's just like the other people in sports who don't believe in fairness and concience. It's all about winning, at no cost, and about the "me" factor.
Matt Zebriski More than 1 year ago
Tricky Dick admitted to training St. Liam and Wild Desert whilst under suspension, yet his current horses went to his girlfriend, a former jockey of his, and a close friend. The more things change...
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Some good news for a change. We have noticed less of a "stench" in New York, but work still needs to be done.
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
Horse racing is as a corrupt industry as hedge funds. The constant search to weed out unscrupulous trainers will always be an ongoing task. You cannot win frequently especially on the claiming circuit, unless you use dubious training methods or procure inside information. I prefer to find races where Jamie Ness, Scott Lake, etc don not have horses entered. Naive though it may be,I'll give some trainers the benefit of the doubt unless proven otherwise..
russell More than 1 year ago
Yes I agree. I was at Tampa for the last 5 cards and Ness didn't do crap. The "superstable" crap needs to end. Especially in the claiming game. The guy with the biggest hand like Midwest and God Pletcher need a slap down.
Robin More than 1 year ago
Uh, please continue. They got about another 5 in the top list to nabbed now.
Robert Tuccille More than 1 year ago
this is very funny because mr o'neil as just as bad as dutrow and does one ever talk about mr todd p??? why do u tink he wins 40% in fl and 15 every where esle n look at the list of 2 and 3 years that always break down!!!!
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
ONeil as bad as Dutrow? Then you mention Pletcher? Here is a list of trainers that have more drug violations than the above. Baffert, Sadler, Hollendorfer, Asmussen, Ness. So if you want to talk about ONeil and Pletcher, you have to talk about the above trainers first.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Also, the trainers I mention also have more total drug violations than Dutrow.
Horse 2win More than 1 year ago
Unfortunatly we haven't heard the last from Mr. Dutrow, hope his brother stays out of this. Trainers need to be dealt with strongly in all jurisdictions across the nation and have the same penalties. Good for horse racing, good for handicappers and especially good for fans.
jttf More than 1 year ago
do you really think he is going to stop training in the corrupt racing world ? are dutrow's and frankel's students training the same way ?