Updated on 06/04/2013 5:14PM

Woodbine: Lynch loses bid to have suspension stayed


ETOBICOKE, Ontario – The Ontario Racing Commission denied Tuesday a bid by trainer Brian Lynch to overturn a suspension handed down after an alleged altercation with a jockey in a Woodbine parking lot last month.

Lynch was suspended pending the outcome of a commission investigation into allegations by jockey Sunny Singh after an altercation May 24. Singh’s allegations led to criminal charges against Lynch and his arrest at Woodbine May 25.

Constable Wendy Drummond, a media relations officer for Toronto Police Service, said Lynch was charged with uttering death threats and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Lynch appeared in court last Saturday, and the conditions of his bail state that he is not permitted to be within 500 meters of Woodbine or Singh and is not permitted to have any direct or indirect communication with the jockey.

The Ontario Racing Commission suspended Lynch under catch-all regulations that allow it take action if it deems that a licensee has acted in a fashion that is contrary to the public interest.

“I will not, in the best interests of racing, issue a stay at this time,” said Rod Seiling, chair of the Ontario Racing Commission, after hearing the submissions of commission counsel Jennifer Friedman and Lynch’s lawyer, David Burke. “It all comes back to the responsibility of this commission to protect the public with regard to the integrity of racing.”

Burke argued that the suspension imposed a severe financial hardship on his client and that there could soon be developments that could alter or negate the criminal charges.

Singh was not called to appear at the hearing but did attend. Lynch’s legal team planned to call him to testify.

“Mr. Singh could have some input, which would impact the ORC’s position,” Burke said. “We believe there are certain facts, which I would imagine will be made known to the Crown’s office pretty quickly.”

When Singh entered the courtroom, Seiling questioned his presence, and Singh was escorted out by Brent Stone, the commission’s manager of racing operations.

“Mr. Singh is free to contact the police and the Crown to convey that type of information,” Friedman said. “This is not the proper forum.”

Lynch’s next court appearance is set for June 25. Lynch, 49, operates a 45-horse stable at Woodbine that includes Coffee Clique, winner of the recent Selene Stakes, and Tiz Ro, a candidate for Sunday’s Woodbine Oaks.

Clearly Now, his talented 3-year-old sprinter, is headed for the Grade 2, $400,000 Woody Stephens Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday.

Arrkon Su More than 1 year ago
Sunny Singh couldn't ride a bus with the correct change more/less a horse
James Rhodes More than 1 year ago
Dennis Fisher More than 1 year ago
Keep looking up Brain Lynch Lord JESUS LOVES You the saying is you cannot keep a good soldier down
will More than 1 year ago
Justin Time More than 1 year ago
Sunny Singh is a nobody and the ORC and Rod Seiling are simply trying to give some kind of integrity at what really goes on at the Woodbine backstretch. Only those that work there can rully understand the shenanigans that are a part of horse racing at Woodbine & Fort Erie. It all boils down to the betting public that is always uninformed that is at a big disadvantage. On cannot work for a trainer and then when one quits get his relatives to claim horses he was exercising in the morning. Singh quit working as an exercise rider for Lynch to pursue a profession as a jockey at Fort Erie. Must be the biggest joke of the year. Fort Erie will be lucky to finish its 50 days due to nobody wants to bet there. There are not enough horses to finish the meeting and a lot of bettors are upset and boycotting Fort Erie for being run by a bunch of morons who continue to spend the government subsidies on amateur bands and bar tabs of over $3000.00 every weekend. That is what the ORC & ROD SEILING should be looking into and informing the provincial Government to take audits of these racetracks operating on tax payers expense.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Brian Lynch is much smarter than to use Sunny Sing. Jeese use Chyanne C. at least she can find the winners circle.
grayposse More than 1 year ago
Why would anyone use Sunny Singh as a jock to begin with!!!!
tim yu More than 1 year ago
What did Lynch do, it was vague in the story. I understand what he was charged with. What was the cause of Lynch's outburst?
Bryan E More than 1 year ago
I don't know what actually happened that day but I believe it was Singh's first day back after being suspended for the entire 2012 season for showing up to ride under the influence and failing a drug test (marijuana that time, I think). He has been suspended or on probation for most of his career since at least 2006 and been accused on endangering horses and jockeys. And has repeatedly failed drug tests even when on probation. He has also been suspended multiple times annually some years in the past for excessive use of the whip. I think he was riding under a temporary license as an exercise rider for a couple months this spring before he was allowed to start riding races again, which began the day of this altercation, as far as I know. I'm not sure if the probem with Lynch was related to something recent or to the circumstances that got him suspended in the first place.