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Has racing finally grown a pair?

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  • Has racing finally grown a pair?

    Well I'll be...
    The head of Racing Commissioners International (despite it's name, it's actually a North American based organisation) has called for Rick Dutrow's license to be revoked, in light of the recent 90 suspension he received in NY.


    Ed Martin, president of Racing Commissioners International, sent a letter Feb. 17 to the New York State Racing and Wagering Board asking for a formal review of trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.’s license.

    I formally request the Board to commence a proceeding and issue a notice to show cause as to why his license should not be revoked given what appears to be a lifetime pattern of disregard for the rules of racing,” Martin wrote in his letter to Gail Pronti, secretary to the board.

    New York stewards have suspended Dutrow for 90 days for a positive drug sample in a winning horse from a race at Aqueduct last fall and for possession of hypodermic needles in his barn, racing regulators said Feb. 16. The 60-day suspension is for a finding of Class 3 medication Butorphanol in a post race sample of the Fastus Cactus, who finished first on Nov. 20 last year in the third race at Aqueduct. Officials say the horse is disqualified and unplaced in the finish order. The hypodermic needle finding carries a 30-day suspension.

    Butorphanol, known under the brand name Torbugesic, is a synthetic analgesic widely used as a sedative in dogs, cats and horses.
    Dutrow, who has had run-ins before with the state Racing and Wagering Board, is appealing the suspension.

    According to Martin’s letter, racing regulatory jurisdictions have sanctioned Mr. Dutrow at least 64 times for various rule violations in nine different states at fifteen different racetracks since 1979. Dutrow has been cited in New York, New Jersey, Kentucky, Florida, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, California, and Minnesota.

    In addition to numerous violations of the drug rules pertaining to phenylbutazone, clenbuterol, and mepivacaine, Martin said in his letter that Dutrow also commited violations concerning failure to adhere to licensing requirements, entering ineligible horses, conduct detrimental to racing involving false or misleading statements, as well as a variety of violations concerning failure to file proper documentation consistent with the rules.

    “At some point, an individual who continues to violate the rules of racing forfeits through his own actions the ability to be in the game,” Martin said. “At some point, enough is enough.”
    Wow, babe, I'm kinda shocked.
    Way to go Mr Martin!

  • #2
    It all sounds heavy hitting but willit actually happen, I doubt it.

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    • #3
      Martin has no authority, of course.

      He used to be Exec Dir of the NYRSWB, but I have no idea whether that helps or hurts his cause.



      • #4
        Ricky- you got some 'splainin to do...

        When someone shows you who they are, BELIEVE them- Maya Angelou


        • #5
          I sure hope they do revoke it - it's ridiculous how many violations he has. Definitely the ugly underside of our sport and totally unfair to those of us who do not cheat.


          • #6
            The monumental stupidity of some of what Dutrow does: 3 loaded & unlabeled syringes of Xylazine in his desk drawer; 3 hypo needles in the barn. The rules are so very clear on this: trainers cannot keep syringes at the track; trainers cannot administer injections at the track. Period.


            • #7
              What's really sad is that owners keep handing this guy good horses. It shows how little they care about the welfare of their horses.


              • #8
                Originally posted by kcmel View Post
                What's really sad is that owners keep handing this guy good horses. It shows how little they care about the welfare of their horses.
                I reject your reality, and substitute my own- Adam Savage

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                • #9
                  [why] owners keep handing this guy good horses.
                  Well duh, winning!

                  Just add a little tiger blood and you're off to the races.


                  • #10
                    RCI has big bark, no bite.


                    • #11
                      dumb question but why does one give a race horse a sedative-is it for enhancing perfomance or in order to get work done on them at the barn?


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by kcmel View Post
                        What's really sad is that owners keep handing this guy good horses. It shows how little they care about the welfare of their horses.

                        Dutrow isnt the only cheat of a trainer that owners keep handing horses too...they are everywhere. Owners need to be held accountable too for hiring these abuser chemists and perhaps that will lead to honest, caring real "horsemen" listed as trainers in the program and turn this industry around.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Third Glance View Post
                          The monumental stupidity of some of what Dutrow does: 3 loaded & unlabeled syringes of Xylazine in his desk drawer...
                          If he'd just prick himself one good time with the needle on one of those loaded xylazine syringes, this whole thing would take care of itself. Watch those butterfingers, Dutrow!


                          • #14
                            Joe Drape of the New York Times:

                            Last fall, records kept by the Association of Racing Commissioners International established that Dutrow averaged a medication violation for every 343 starts by his horses — the highest among elite trainers.



                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Third Glance View Post
                              Joe Drape of the New York Times:

                              Last fall, records kept by the Association of Racing Commissioners International established that Dutrow averaged a medication violation for every 343 starts by his horses — the highest among elite trainers.


                              "Richard Dutrow Jr. was once a drug-addled horseman"

                              I've always had this belief that anyone who was so willing to pump drugs into themselves without any concern for their own health/life, wouldnt think twice of doping or abusing horses to make money.


                              • #16
                                Ok, who are the GOOD trainers? The ones that do not cheat or that, as far as we know, have never been caught?


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by FalseImpression View Post
                                  Ok, who are the GOOD trainers? The ones that do not cheat or that, as far as we know, have never been caught?
                                  Well, Graham Motion and Chris Clement have never had a meds violation of any kind. I believe they are the only 2 ranked in the top 20 by earnings last year that can say that. Both manage to run horses out of barns at several tracks each year, and yet not get caught on the type of overages, etc., that other trainers (lookin' at you, Steve A.) tend to blame on carelessness by barn workers. Hmmm.


                                  • #18
                                    My vet used to work for/is still friends with Graham Motion and has nothing but wonderful things to say about him.


                                    • #19
                                      Bruce Headley here on the west coast has a reputation of being very clean and very careful with his horses. Breeders have mentioned him by name when describing the adjustment some horses go through after coming in off the track--while some trainers' horses need to work various medications and steroids out of their system, they know if they've come from Headley, "They've been on hay, oats, and water." There was a Blood Horse article a few years back profiling breeders and helping a horse adjust to farm life, and that was a (more or less) direct quote pulled from the article.
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