Dutrow Relicensed In New York

Richard E. Dutrow, Jr., the GI Kentucky Derby-winning trainer whose history of racing infractions resulted in a 10-year license revocation in New York for a period that recently concluded last month, on Monday was granted a trainer’s license by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC).

The announcement was read into the record during the regularly scheduled Feb. 27 NYSGC meeting without commentary by commissioners.

“The former New York State Racing and Wagering Board revoked the Thoroughbred trainer’s license of Richard E. Dutrow, Jr., on Oct. 12, 2011, imposing ineligibility to apply for any license for 10 years and [fining] him $50,000,” said NYSGC executive director Robert Williams.

“Mr. Dutrow administratively and judicially contested the penalties [that commenced] Jan. 17, 2013. Having already satisfied his fine, Mr. Dutrow’s term of revocation ended on Jan. 17, 2023,” Williams said.

“Mr. Dutrow recently applied for a Thoroughbred trainer’s license, which was reviewed by the Bureau of Licensing in consultation with the division of racing,” Williams said.

“Review found that Mr. Dutrow satisfied the penalty imposed by the Racing and Wagering Board, and his record is bereft of transgressions during his period of revocation. Accordingly, the bureau has determined to issue a license to Mr. Dutrow to participate in New York horse racing,” Williams said.

Dutrow spent the better part of several decades appealing medication-related penalties in several jurisdictions, and in 2013 he filed a failed federal lawsuit seeking monetary damages and a reinstatement of his licensure.

According to Equibase, Dutrow’s trainees earned more than $87 million between 1979 and 2013. His trainees won multiple graded stakes, including the 2008 Kentucky Derby (Big Brown) and two Breeders’ Cup races, and he often topped the trainer standings at New York tracks during the 2000s decade.

Dutrow’s rap sheet of racing offenses totals at least 75 infractions spread out over multiple jurisdictions. In addition to his troubles with equine medication violations, his sanctions over the decades include multiple penalties for personal drug use, check forgery, falsified applications, failing to report a criminal conviction, plus various license refusals for “moral turpitude,”  “evidence of unfitness,” and attempts to “deceive state racing officials.”

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