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Retired Steward’s Letter To New York Gaming Commission Raises New Questions In Dutrow Suspension

A retired state steward in New York has written an explosive letter to his former employer at the State Gaming Commission alleging that the 10-year suspension of Rick Dutrow was based largely on incriminating evidence that may have been planted in a desk drawer inside the trainer’s office at Aqueduct by a state investigator. John […]

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‘Bring Rick Back’? Years Later, Dutrow’s Ban Still Divides

One sunny afternoon last August, patrons approaching the front gates of Saratoga Race Course were met with a series of protestors waving signs with red lettering demanding: “BRING RICK BACK.” “Who’s Rick? What’d he do? Did Rick get fired?” Men with rolling coolers and women holding folding chairs traded theories while waiting for the light […]

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Pricci To Cuomo: ‘Just, Fair And Compassionate’ New York Would Give Dutrow Second Chance

John Pricci, executive editor of, has written an open letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, asking that the state’s Gaming Commission review and reconsider the 10-year suspension handed down to trainer Rick Dutrow by the regulatory agency’s predecessor, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, in 2011. Pricci writes that the Gaming […]

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Dutrow To Racing Community: If Given A Second Chance, I Won’t Let You Down

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 […]

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New York’s Drug Testing Program Has Its Own ‘Style’

“It just doesn’t pass the smell test.” Attorney Drew Mollica repeated the phrase, utterly mystified a few days after his client, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, was handed a fine and suspension for overages of both flunixin and furosemide in Saratoga Snacks from a Sept. 20 race at Belmont Park. Mott was told the […]

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Cuomo Releases More Info Regarding Casino Plans for State

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave further details on June 5 regarding his proposed casino expansion plans for the state. In addition to having the first three new casinos be located in upstate regions, Cuomo proposed that successful developers pay an upfront franchise fee of $50 million to the state, according to a report in […]

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Enhanced Security Protocols Issued for Horses Competing in Belmont Stakes

The New York State Gaming Commission and The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced enhanced security measures for horses competing in the June 8 Belmont Stakes. Horses competing in the $1 million purse race will be subject to out-of-competition blood testing for banned substances, be required to be on Belmont Park’s grounds by […]

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NY: Cuomo Outlines New Casino Plans for State

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled a new plan on May 9 for casinos in the state, with the first three to be located in specific regions of upstate New York. The new proposal, which is subject to approval by the state Legislature, would also prohibit any new casinos from being built within New York […]

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Help Wanted: Search is On for NY State Equine Medical Director

The search has begun to fill the position of New York State Equine Medical Director, which would oversee the health and safety of horses at all Thoroughbred and Standardbred racetracks in the state. The process is being handled jointly by the New York State Gaming Commission and the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. A […]

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