Trainer Lynch Denied Bid to Overturn Suspension
On Tuesday, the Ontario Racing Commission denied a request from trainer Brian Lynch to overturn a suspension handed down after an alleged altercation with a jockey at Woodbine in May.
On May 24, Lynch was suspended by the racing commission pending the outcome of an investigation into allegations by jockey Sunny Singh after an altercation. Those charges led to criminal charges against Lynch and his arrest.
According to the Daily Racing Form, Lynch appeared in court last Saturday, and the conditions of his bail state that he is “not permitted to be within 500 meters of Woodbine or Singh, and is not permitted to have any direct or indirect communication with the jockey.”
At the June 4 hearing, the racing commission heard arguments from both commission counsel Jennifer Friedman and David Burke, Lynch's attorney. After which, Rod Seiling, chair of the ORC said, “I will not, in the best interest of racing, issue a stay at this time. It all comes back to the responsibility of this commission to protect the public with regard to the integrity of racing.”
Lynch's next court appearance is set for June 25.