The New York State Gaming Commission voted 4-2 Monday to dismiss an appeal from supporters of suspended trainer Rick Dutrow, according to the Daily Racing Form.
Chairman Barry Sample said commission members met before their meeting on Monday to discuss a request to reconsider the 10-year ban from racing Dutrow has been serving since 2013. DRF said Sample gave no explanation for the vote.
Trainer Dale Romans and others have publicly called for the commission to rethink the penalty and launched an Internet petition in support of Dutrow. The trainer's license was taken away in 2011 after one of his horses tested positive for a painkiller, three loaded syringes were found in his barn, and he had a growing list of medication overages and rules violations.
He began serving the suspension two years later after exhausting his appeals.
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