When [Dutrow] came back to the horse racing in 1998, he began rebuilding his career and became one of the sport's most successful trainers — a performance that is continuing unabated. This year, Dutrow's horses are winning at a 33 percent rate. He has 40 wins in 120 starts and is ranked No. 7 nationally, according to Equibase. His horses finish in the top three 74 percent of the time, and as of Friday had won $1,768,583 this year.
No one seems to be questioning the performances of Dutrow's great horses, primarily because of the extensive testing done after Triple Crown, Breeders' Cup and graded stakes races.
"It never entered my mind," Laurel Park trainer Tim Keefe said when asked whether he had doubts about the performances of Dutrow's winning horses. "The races they won, they came up clean. I don't think the shine goes off them. I think they're truly great horses.
"But I don't understand why owners with great horses continue to send their horses to people like that [with questionable reputations]. Why subject your horse to the possibility of that? If I'm an owner, my horse isn't going to a trainer with drug violations."