06/25/2016 3:42PM

Trainer Lynch reinstated in New York


ELMONT, N.Y. – The New York state racing license of Brian Lynch has been conditionally reinstated, and he is free to resume training his horses stabled at Belmont Park and Saratoga.

Lynch tested positive for marijuana when administered a drug test by the New York State Gaming Commission earlier this month. After meeting with gaming-commission officials, he turned in his New York training license June 8.

No rulings were issued against Lynch, and he has had starters at Woodbine and Monmouth while unable to run horses in New York. Lynch was at Monmouth Park on Saturday to run Bureau De Change in the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes.

During Lynch's absence, his New York horses were turned over to Erin Cotterill, his assistant trainer at Woodbine.

In a Saturday conversation with Lynch, it was obvious he wanted to put this embarrassing situation behind him. He said he had taken another drug test administered by the gaming commission, had tested clean, and that his license had been reinstated. He planned to enter horses at Belmont on Sunday for next Thursday's card.

Lee Park, the director of communications for the New York State Gaming Commission, while declining to go into detail on the matter, said Lynch "is able to participate" in New York racing.

Lynch operates a large stable and has horses at Belmont, Saratoga, and Woodbine. He confirmed Saturday that he plans to run his undefeated 3-year-old filly Lightstream in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose at Belmont on July 2 and that he would be pointing Private Zone for the Grade 3, $400,000 Belmont Sprint Championship on July 9.

Private Zone had been entered to run in the Grade 2, $250,000 True North at Belmont on June 10 but had to be scratched after Lynch turned in his trainer's license.