Kentucky Derby and Preakness-winning trainer Rick Dutrow has written an open letter to members of the Thoroughbred community, communicating his hope that the New York State Gaming Commission will reconsider the 10-year suspension he received in 2011 for an accumulation of rules violations from the regulatory board's predecessor, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. Dutrow appealed the suspension and $50,000 fine but ran out of legal options in January 2013. He has served nearly 5 1/2 years of the original suspension.
Dutrow, 58, trained Big Brown to victories in the 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and also was the conditioner of 2005 Breeders' Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Saint Liam.
The following letter from Dutrow to the Thoroughbred racing community was forwarded to the Paulick Report:
“Training race horses is my life. I have no other life. I have made mistakes and I am very sorry. I have said things which I shouldn't have said. Over the past five years, I have thought long and hard about how to be a better member of my racing community, if given a second chance.
“My hope for that second chance grew with the support of over 2,100 people who signed the Petition that my fellow horsemen, trainer Dale Romans, started in late March to get me back to work.
“I miss all of you but most of all I miss my horses. Nothing on earth means more to me. I am asking the Gaming Commission to give me my life back fully understanding all the responsibilities and obligations that come with that life. I will not let the racing community nor the Commission down.” – Rick Dutrow
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