02/18/2011 1:04PM

Racing group asks New York to consider revoking Dutrow's license


The president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International has sent a letter to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board asking that governing body to consider revoking trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.’s license.

Ed Martin, who from 1997-2005 served as executive director for the NYSRWB, sent a letter to the board on Thursday following Wednesday’s announcement that the New York stewards had suspended Dutrow 90 days for two infractions. In his letter, Martin asked the board “to show cause as to why his license should not be revoked given what appears to be a lifetime pattern of disregard for the rules of racing.

“At some point, an individual who continues to violate the rules of racing forfeits through his own actions the ability to be in the game," Martin continued. “At some point, enough is enough."

Dutrow, 51, was suspended 60 days by the stewards for the finding of the Class 3 drug Butorphanol in the post-race sample of Fastus Cactus, who won the third race at Aqueduct on Nov. 20, 2010. In addition, the board suspended Dutrow 30 days for having hypodermic needles in his barn during a barn search on Nov. 3. Dutrow has appealed both penalties and, having been granted a stay, is allowed to continue training until that appeal has been heard. Dutrow currently has horses stabled in New York and Florida. He was unavailable for comment on Friday.

A NYSRWB spokesman was non-committal when asked Friday if the board would honor Martin’s request to review Dutrow’s license.

“If I had a crystal ball with high-definition and 3-D I’d be in a better position to make predictions," said Joe Mahoney, a board spokesman.

Dutrow’s New York license is valid through Aug. 5. Mahoney said the board does “look at the licensee’s record at the time of renewal."

In his letter, Martin writes that since 1979, Dutrow has been sanctioned at least 64 times for various rules violations in nine different states at 15 racetracks. Martin said that in addition to “numerous’’ medication violations, Dutrow has been sanctioned for “failure to adhere to licensing requirements, entering ineligible horses, and conduct detrimental to racing involving false or misleading statements."

In 2009, Dutrow served 30 days for a clenbuterol positive dating back to a positive on Salute the Count, who finished second in a stakes at Churchill Downs the day before Dutrow won the 2008 Kentucky Derby with Big Brown.

In 2005, Dutrow served 60 days – a penalty lowered from 120 days – and was fined several thousand dollars for a mepivacaine positive involving the horse Farmer Jake in 2003 and a clenbuterol positive involving the horse Starship Smokester in 2004. Dutrow was also fined for a violation of the claiming rules in which he claimed and then resold a horse to an owner who was ineligible to claim.

When he served days in 2005, Dutrow was found to have had contact with his barn, which resulted in another suspension and $25,000 fine. Also, in 2007, Dutrow was fined and suspended for providing misleading information about the horse Wild Desert leading up to the 2005 Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, a race that Wild Desert won under the name of trainer Bobby Frankel.

In the late 1980s, when Dutrow first tried to go out on his own, the board ruled him off New York Racing Association tracks for five years after he tested positive for marijuana. In 2000, Dutrow surrendered his license and missed five weeks because he again tested positive for marijuana.