Suspended trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. has filed a federal lawsuit that
argues the Association of Racing Commissioners overstepped its bounds
when it sent a letter to New York regulators encouraging them to review
his racing license.
Dutrow, who began serving a 10-year suspension Jan. 17, is suing the
New York State Gaming Commission (successor of the New York State Racing
and Wagering Board); RCI; John Sabini, who had served as chairman of
the NYSRWB and RCI (as well as other RCI roles); NYSRWB members Daniel
Hogan and Charles Diamond; and two unknown persons.
Filed Feb. 25 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York,
Dutrow's case centers on a February 2011 letter sent from RCI president
Ed Martin to the NYSRWB encouraging the board to review Dutrow's license
because of 64 rule violations in nine different states. The NYSRWB
would eventually suspend Dutrow's license for 10 years.