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October 12th, 2011

New York authorities on Wednesday revoked the license of Richard Dutrow Jr., the trainer of the 2008 Kentucky Derby winner, Big Brown, barring him from state racetracks for 10 years and potentially ending the career of one of thoroughbred racing’s more controversial and successful horsemen.

The action by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board amounts to one of the most severe penalties ever issued in American racing and comes at a time when lawmakers, as well as the racing industry’s most invested officials, are trying to restore confidence in the sport.

For years, Mr. Dutrow, whose horses have won some $80 million in purses and found themselves in the winner’s circle after any number of premier races, has been seen by many as the face of much of what is wrong with racing. Mr. Dutrow had been cited for nearly 70 violations at 15 racetracks in nine states — everything from hiding workouts of his horses to using powerful painkillers on horses he ultimately sent out to race.

“New York’s racing industry has no place or patience for Mr. Dutrow,” John Sabini, the chairman of the racing board, said in a statement. “His repeated violations and disregard of the rules of racing has eroded confidence in the betting public and caused an embarrassment throughout the industry.”

Concerns about drug use and possible cheating in horse racing has been the subject of Congressional hearings in recent years. Last spring, Representative Edward Whitfield, Republican of Kentucky, and Senator Tom Udall, Democrat of New Mexico, introduced legislation that proposed stiff penalties, including a permanent ban, for trainers whose horses test positive for drugs.

Although the ban imposed Wednesday specifically applies to Mr. Dutrow’s home base in New York, it will probably be honored in other jurisdictions where top-level racing is conducted. This year, for example, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission refused to license Mr. Dutrow, citing their concern about his habitual breaking of the rules.

The racing board’s hearing officer, Clemente Parente, who heard three days of testimony in Mr. Dutrow’s case over the summer, had recommended that Mr. Dutrow be barred for life.

A hearing has been scheduled for Monday in state court in Schenectady, N.Y., concerning Mr. Dutrow’s request to stay the penalty until an appeal can be heard.

“This decision is unconscionable, vindictive, and heavy handed and, most important, contrary to the facts, contrary to the evidence and contrary to any notion of fundamental fairness,” Mr. Dutrow’s lawyer, Michael Koenig, said. “The Racing and Wagering Board structure and process allows them to be play prosecutor, judge and jury. No fair decision can result from such a stacked process.”

Mr. Dutrow, 52, perhaps because of his troubles, has fallen to 27th in the 2011 national standings for trainers, with nearly $3 million in purse earnings. But horses he has trained over the years have won million-dollar races from Dubai to the Triple Crown trail.

One of his horses, Saint Liam, captured Horse of the Year honors in 2005. And in 2008, he led Big Brown to victories in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, but lost the Triple Crown when the colt, after being taken off a steroid regimen, finished last in the Belmont Stakes. At the time, it was permissible to use certain steroids on horses.

Last February, Mr. Dutrow was suspended 90 days in New York after hypodermic needles were found in his barn, and after one of his horses tested positive for a banned painkiller.

The horse, Fastus Cactus, was found to have butorphanol in his system after winning the third race at Aqueduct on Nov. 20. Three hypodermic needles had been discovered in a desk drawer at Mr. Dutrow’s barn at Aqueduct two weeks earlier. The syringes were unlabeled but contained a muscle relaxer, xylazine.

Mr. Dutrow has denied any knowledge of the drugs or syringes, and in testimony this summer spoke stirringly about how much his horses meant to him. In the 1990s, he was banned from New York tracks for five years because of his own problems with substance abuse.

When he came back in 1998, Mr. Dutrow lived in a tack room in his barn at Aqueduct. He had a cot, a microwave, a refrigerator and two horses to train.

One board member, Daniel Hogan, acknowledged he was moved during a June hearing by Mr. Dutrow’s testimony about his affinity for horses but said he could not look past the rule-breaking.

“It seems Mr. Dutrow loved horses, but he loved winning even more, and he broke our rules to win,” Hogan said.

There have been suspensions or bans of other prominent trainers, but they only underscored how remarkable Mr. Dutrow’s punishment will be if it is upheld.

In 2007, Kentucky racing officials found cobra venom, a powerful painkiller, in the barn of Patrick Biancone, a horse trainer with prestigious victories from Hong Kong to France. He was barred from the sport for a year. Steve Asmussen, the nation’s leading trainer, served a six-month suspension in 2006 after one of his horses failed a drug test in Louisiana.

Last fall, records kept by the Association of Racing Commissioners International established that Mr. Dutrow averaged what is known as a “medication violation” for every 343 starts by his horses — the highest among elite trainers.

The suspension will not take effect until Oct. 18, allowing owners to remove their horses from Mr. Dutrow’s stable. Mr. Sabini made it clear the board intended to be vigilant in its enforcement of the ban, warning him against merely turning his stable over to an assistant, as he has done in the past.

“If there is any smell of a third party training here, we aren’t going to look kindly,” Mr. Sabini said.

The severe penalty was hailed by others deeply involved in an industry that has seen the amount of money bet on races fall by 22.5 percent, from nearly $14.7 billion in 2007 to $11.4 billion in 2010. The North American auction market for yearlings fell, too, by almost half, from $561 million in 2007 to $302 million in 2010.

“The Jockey Club believes that the continued presence of individuals with numerous medication violations severely tarnishes and damages our sport,” Ogden Mills Phipps, chairman of The Jockey Club, said. “We applaud the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for its decision today, and we hope other jurisdictions will follow its lead when their respective medication rules have been violated.”



Richard E. Dutrow Jr. was born on August 5th, 1959 according to,_Jr.

August 5th, 1959

8 + 5 +2+0+1+1 = 17 = his personal year (from August 5th, 2011 to August 4th, 2012) = Hard to stay positive and have faith in a birght future.

17 year + 10 (October) = 27 = his personal month (from October 5th, 2011 to November 4th, 2011) = Acting out of character.

27 month + 12 (12th of the month on Wednesday October 12th, 2011) = 39 = his personal day = The story is only half told when only one side tells it.


using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9



A = 1 J = 1 S = 1

B = 2 K = 2 T = 2

C = 3 L = 3 U = 3

D = 4 M = 4 V = 4

E = 5 N = 5 W = 5

F = 6 O = 6 X = 6

G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7

H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8

I = 9 R = 9



Richard Dutrow

9938194 432965       72


his path of destiny / how he learns what he is here to learn = 72 = Millionaire.





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