Derby-winning trainer Dutrow granted 30-day stay

Oct 19 2011 - 5:30pm

NEW YORK -- Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. received a 30-day delay of a ruling that revokes his license for 10 years.

The stay was issued Monday by Judge Richard Giardino in Schenectady, N.Y., and allows Dutrow's lawyer, Michael Koenig, time to appeal the decision by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Koenig said he's satisfied and is "prepared to move forward quickly" and is "looking forward to challenging last week's decision in court."

Dutrow's suspension was set to begin Tuesday. The postponement allows the New York-based Dutrow to continue training until the appeal is heard.

The New York Racing Association, which operates Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, said it will abide by the court's decision.

In suspending Dutrow, the state board cited the trainer's long history of rules infractions in New York and elsewhere, including numerous medication violations.

"I'm glad I still get to go to the barn," Dutrow told the Daily Racing Form on Monday. "I got a very positive attitude here, no negativism at all."

The 52-year-old Dutrow won the Derby and the Preakness with Big Brown in 2008 before the colt was pulled up and finished last in the Belmont Stakes in his bid for the Triple Crown. He also trained Saint Liam, who won the 2005 Breeders' Cup Classic and earned Horse of the Year honors.

Dutrow's horses have earned about $2.9 million this year. During his career, Dutrow's horses have earned close to $79 million.

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