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Dutrow Forced To Justify License

Published: March 7, 2011 12:31 pm ET

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It has been reported that the New York State Racing and Wagering Board has ordered controversial thoroughbred trainer Richard Dutrow, Jr. to show it why his license should not be revoked and why he should not be barred from the state’s racetracks.

An article by The New York Times explains that Dutrow is to appear in front of the NYSRWB on March 30 and 31. The report cites the board as saying that Dutrow is a “person whose conduct at racetracks in New York State and elsewhere has been improper, obnoxious, unbecoming and detrimental to the best interests of racing.”

In the past, Dutrow has been found guilty of violating the rules of racing in nine different states, at 15 racetracks, and has been cited 64 times. The NYSRWB suspended Dutrow for 90 days last month after hypodermic needles were found in his barn, and after one of his winning horses tested positive for a banned painkiller at Aqueduct.

“The continued presence of individuals with numerous drug violations severely tarnishes and damages our sport," James L. Gagliano, the president and chief operating officer of The Jockey Club, was quoted as saying. "We strongly encourage all state racing commissions to evaluate the continued licensing of any individual who has been adjudicated to have violated the established drug rules of their jurisdictions on multiple occasions.”

(With files from The New York Times)

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