Dutrow Request to Amend License Revocation Denied

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Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:45 pm

Kurenai wrote:
Ballerina wrote:He was dealt a bad hand from day one. It shocks me to the core the number of people who would deny a man his way of making a living. He was/is not the ghoul that haters make him out to be. You can scream at me from now 'til doomsday. You WILL NOT convince me that this man is evil and a threat to horses. He just has to reign in his big mouth and pay attention to details.
I agree 100%. Back then I wasn't too happy about his ban, but even back then I found 10 years harsh. A year would have been fine too. Also back then I was very naive to believe that they would follow through and ban others with as many violations too. Nothing happened, so this is terribly unfair towards Dutrow. Also afair his breakdown rate was low and no horses died under his care. That's a big plus in my book and speaks volumes about him as a trainer.

How many years til the 10 year ban is up? 2 more, or? I signed the petition too, shame that it did so little.
I believe he's right around the halfway point, so about another five years to go...
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Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:39 pm

The "board" wanted to show racing fans that they meant business cleaning up the sport. Yeah, sure. They picked the softest target and let it drop from there. I'd like to know how a suggested 90 day suspension morphed its way into 10 years.
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Tue Jul 17, 2018 7:52 pm

The first day of his suspension was supposed to be in October 2011 but he had a court order to stay it. His last starter was in January 2013, so I would imagine that was when he exhausted his options.
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Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:02 am

He was suspended basically, for continued and willful defiance and teeing off the wrong people. That’s how 90 days can become 10 years. Dutrow is horse racing’s version of the 1980’s SMU football program. No one thing particularly egregious but put it all together.......
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Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:11 am

totally agree with all comments regarding how unfair this man has been treated - but mostly, I appreciate and respect the fact that he never had a horse die in his care - that is highly commendable - and he had a very low breakdown rate - that is huge in my book too - cannot remember who the vet was who spoke on his behalf, but didn't he basically say that dutrow took exceptional care of his animals - and whenever he did have one of his horses come for treatment, dutrow knew exactly what the problem was and had taken measures to get the horse treated before it became something worse - this trainer was a gift to the horses in this sport - wish there were more like him - and its a true shame he isn't doing the thing he does best.... looking out for the animals in this game.
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Wed Jul 18, 2018 11:31 am

Yet another example where a national racing czarina wouldn't be the answer to the problem.
Really impossible to make everybody happy with any decision.

It'd be like giving one person on the Supreme Court more power than anybody else, who should it be, Ginsberg or Gorsuch.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:29 pm

Iirc the stats correctly he hasn't had a fatal injury in 10 years of training. If he would have drugged his horses, they would run through pain etc, thus more breakdowns.

I'm actually wondering why he didn't try to train somewhere else in the meantime (Japan for example). If he would have gotten his act together without being sloppy with meds etc, I think that would have been a solution. Unless I'm missing something why that wouldn't work.
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Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:33 pm

I don't even remember the given reason he was banned. Had to read the article for the vague reason they gave.

But I do think it is unfair, plenty of other trainers too look at and the ignored all but him. Sad (and unprofessional) that they denied the repeal as well.
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