06/25/2016 4:42PM

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.

David Dalton More than 1 year ago
What a farce, suspended for smoking weed. I'd much rather deal with a person smoking a little weed than some obnoxious jerk that's drunk on alcohol. Apparently the racing board has too much time on their hands, maybe they should stop by for a test of their own.
Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
Dope ain't good no more. I did dope once when I was high and it made me eat munchies left and right and I could not make weight no more for a day because I ate and ate after doping.

My advice and listen to me is don't do no dope because it makes you dopey like me.


Dopeless in Seattle,

Vince P
Renaldo Holder More than 1 year ago
Cant keep a good man down
Jeff Barnes More than 1 year ago
Bogus sanctions for a trainer with a bad test for pot !If it was for one of his horses slam him ,But a guy want a beer or a little weed after work is a joke.Hope they test the racing board and stewards too!
Cheryl Kleist More than 1 year ago
What's this!  Money and owners matter in NY.  Why even bother with sanctioning Lynch?
Private Zone and owner were hurt, but trainer free to resume within a month as if nothing
had happened!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i guess you are the virgin mary
realgooddogtoo More than 1 year ago
It show you what a different makes been a well know trainer and a poor groom or hot walker from Mexico. The Stewards would cremate them , rule them off the track, you name it.
Vickie Aument More than 1 year ago
This was beyond insanity - glad he is back - 
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
Nyra the Wild West were anything goes crooked jockeys doping trainers and now pot heads .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
let he that is sinless cast the first stone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good look to Brian Lynch and his crew, a class guy and very talented trainer. 
All the Best.