The Ontario Racing Commission suspended trainer Brian Lynch Friday for “a matter that happened on the backstretch at Woodbine,” according to the commission's Manager of Racing Brent Stone.
The commission issued a ruling saying Lynch had been suspended pending the outcome of an investigation into a confrontation that, according to sources, involved jockey Sunny Singh. Sources told the Paulick Report that the two men had been involved in a simmering dispute that apparently came to head May 24.
According to a police spokesman, Lynch was arrested on May 25 and charged with “threatening death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle” for an incident that occurred at Woodbine the previous day.
He made a court appearance May 25 and the case is pending, the spokesman said. Lynch's court date was not available.
The commission's ruling cites regulation 15.09.01, which states:
Any act or omission related to Thoroughbred horse racing in any or all of its form, which, when measured against generally accepted standards of good conduct would be regarded as dishonest, unfair or unsportsmanlike or contrary to the public interest financially or otherwise, shall be deemed to be an illegal practice under these Rules…
Conduct unbecoming an industry participant also refers to conduct that occurs outside of the business of horse racing but which brings the industry into disrepute.
“What I can tell you is that we have put out a release suspending Mr. Lynch's license until we do our investigation,” said Stone.
Lynch has a 45-horse stable at Woodbine, and according to Equibase, has won nine of 75 starts in 2013, including the Grade 3 Selene Stakes at Woodbine with 3-year-old filly, Coffee Clique, May 19. The 49-year-old trainer from Brisbane, Australia has won 346 races from 2,076 North American starts since 1991.
Lynch's entry in Friday's seventh race at Woodbine, Crowns Dynasty, was scratched.
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