Trainer Lynch Denied Bid to Overturn Suspension

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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.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

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  • Windways

    I know what Brian did was wrong, but an exercise rider and sometime jockey fingering horses for other trainers to claim does jeopardize the integrity of racing. As an owner I fully understand and accept the consequences of horses being claimed. It is an integral part of the game and helps create a level playing field, but i just hope that the alleged culprit and his kind are also penalized accordingly.

    • Jordy

      The act of touting a horse to another trainer to claim does not jeopardize the integrity of racing. It jeopardizes the integrity of a trainer’s operation. It demonstrates the rider’s lack of integrity and sense of loyalty to the employer. The penalty is to terminate the rider.

  • IGotOutAlive

    Karma…

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