Owners, trainers lodge complaint against Dutrow

Dutrow allegedly treated the winning horse too close to the beginning of the Maryland Juvenile Championship

January 07, 2012|By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland's horse racing stewards heard a protest Saturday morning from the connections of the second, third and fourth place finishers in the Dec. 17, $75,000 Maryland Juvenile Championship at Laurel Park against the race winner, King and Crusader, trained by Rick Dutrow.

The protest revolves around the medical treatment of King and Crusader less than two hours before the race.

According to Maryland regulations, a horse can not be treated for anything within two hours of post time.

"The trainers and owners here had horses in the race and they want the horse disqualified for a breach of regulations," steward John Burke said after the closed hearing. "Based on the information and investigation, we believe it has been established that the horse was treated within two hours of the race.

"There is some discrepancy about a conversation between Mr. Dutrow and the state veterinarian and it is a relevant point of the case."

Burke said the stewards will discuss "all the facts at hand, adjudicate on it and issue a paper" decision on Wednesday.

Among those present at the hearing, were Gina Rosenthal and John (Jerry) Robb, the owner and trainer, respectively of second-place finisher Glib; Robin Graham, trainer of third-place finisher Jack's in the Deck; Leo Nechamkin, trainer of fourth-place finisher Alongcamethedevil; Maryland State veterinarian David Zipf and Maryland Horsemen's Association general counsel Alan Foreman.

Trainer Rick Dutrow and King and Crusader's owner James Riccio joined via conference call.

After the meeting, all but Burke declined to comment pending the Stewards' decision, which could be appealed to the Maryland Racing Commission.


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