A thoroughbred horse trainer accused of illegally drugging a horse before a race had his appeal denied today before the state's highest court.
Richard Dutrow Jr. exhausted his legal options in state court to get his license reinstated and get out of paying a $50,000 fine levied by the state Racing and Wagering Board in 2010. Dutrow now is banned from training horses in New York for 10 years.
"The court's action confirms that cheaters who repeatedly violate the rules have no place in New York racing," said board Chairman John D. Sabini in a statement.
The board alleged that Dutrow raced a horse, Fastus Cactus, in November 2010 at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens. Tests showed that the horse had been administered the drug butorphanol within 96 hours before the race. Dutrow also had three syringes in his desk loaded with the drug xyzaline in violation of state racing law.