Dutrow appeal against 10-year ban rejected
USA: Rick Dutrow, the trainer of Kentucky Derby winning Big Brown, has had his hopes of overturning a 10-year ban quashed after New York's highest court denied his request to consider an appeal against the suspension.
The decision by the Court of Appeals seems likely to result in the lifting of a stay of execution which had allowed Dutrow to continue to train while the appeal process was ongoing.
Rick Dutrow: facing lengthy banPICTURE: Getty Images
The New York State Racing and Wagering Board, which handed down the ban in 2011, released a statement which said: "Upon service of the order on Mr Dutrow, the penalties issued against him by the Board – a 10-year ban from racing in New York and $50,000 in fines – are expected to take effect. The court’s action confirms that cheaters who repeatedly violate the rules have no place in New York racing.”
Dutrow's lawyer, Michael Koening, told that Daily Racing Form that he and his client were considering their options. He added: “In almost 40 years of practice, I have never been as disappointed or disheartened by a decision.”
Dutrow, who has incurred scores of sanctions during his career, was barred in October 2011 after the three-man Racing and Wagering Board unanimously agreed Dutrow's involvement in the sport was "inconsistent with the best interests of racing".
John Sabini, the board's chairman, added: "His repeated violations and disregard of the rules of racing has eroded confidence in the betting public and caused an embarrassment throughout the industry."
The Court of Appeals previously rejected another appeal in which Dutrow claimed that Sabini was biased due to his association with another body which had supported the revocation of Dutrow's licence.