Richard E. Dutrow Jr.
Richard E. "Rick" Dutrow Jr. (born August 5, 1959 in Hagerstown, Maryland) is an American thoroughbred racehorse trainer. He is currently serving a ten-year suspension administered by the racing commission in New York.
His brother Anthony Dutrow is also a trainer. Their father, Richard E. Dutrow Sr., was one of Maryland racing's "Big Four" who dominated racing in that state during the 1960s and 1970s and who helped modernize flat racing training. At age sixteen, Rick Jr. began working as his father's assistant. In 1995, he set up his own public stable in New York after his father left the NYRA circuit to return to Maryland.
Dutrow's first major success came in 2005 when he won two Breeders' Cup races with Silver Train and Saint Liam. His 1,000th lifetime victory was with Kip Deville in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 3, 2007.
In 2008, he trained Big Brown to Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories, although the colt failed to capture the Triple Crown with a last place finish in the 140th Belmont Stakes. At the time, Dutrow had been suspended or fined 72 times by US horse-racing authorities and had admitted to regularly administering the steroid Winstrol to his horses including Big Brown. Nevertheless, Big Brown's accomplishments helped to make Dutrow one of the finalists for that year's Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.
On October 12, 2011, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSR&WB) suspended Dutrow from racing for 10 years and fined him $50,000, citing a long history of racing violations. This followed a decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's Licensing Review Committee not to renew his license in that state. Dutrow continued to train horses while he appealed the ruling of the NYSR&WB in court. His legal options in New York State were exhausted when the state's Court of Appeals denied his request for appeal on January 8, 2013. Barring a possible appeal in federal court, Dutrow would be suspended from January 17, 2013 until January 17, 2023.
On February 27, 2013, Dutrow filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the New York State Gaming Commission (former NYSR&WB), the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) and several other entities, seeking monetary damages and an overturning of his suspension. The suit alleges that Dutrow was "substantially and irreparably harmed" by the suspension and claims that he was deprived of due process under the law.
- Kip Deville Posts Kilroe Mile SurpriseThe Blood-Horse, March 3, 2007
- Sarah Hughes (June 1, 2008). "Hopes high of Big Brown delivering Triple Crown". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
- Drape, Joe (October 13, 2011). "Dutrow barred from training horses for ten years". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
- Kentucky committee denies Dutrow a racing licenseDaily Racing Form, April 13, 2011
- In the matter of Richard E. Dutrow v. New York State Racing and Wagering Board (N.Y. 2013-01-08) (“Motion for leave to appeal denied with one hundred dollars costs and necessary reproduction disbursements.”). Text
- Grening, David (2013-01-16). "Dutrow to Begin Suspension Thursday". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
- Grening, David (February 26, 2013). "Richard Dutrow Jr. sues in federal court to overturn ban and collect damages". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- Richard Dutrow Jr. NTRA biography
- Rick Dutrow Jr. NYRA biography, page 70
- ESPN.com: Dutrow may not be what racing's old guard hoped for, but he's the only hope the sport has
- ESPN.com: The Dutrow Projects
- ESPN.com: Dutrow's checkered past follows him to Derby spotlight
- Breeders' Cup Biography
- NBC: Dutrow can forget about the dark days