Trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. has asked New York's top court to overturn his
10-year ban by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, saying it
raises substantial civil rights issues.
In requesting the Court of Appeals to hear Dutrow's case, attorney
Michael Koenig said it should decide whether the appearance of bias by
racing board chairman John Sabini cost the trainer his right to a fair
proceeding over drug violations. In court papers, they said Sabini had a
conflicting role as an officer of the Association of Racing
Commissioners International, which advocated revoking Dutrow's license.
A mid-level New York court in July upheld the ban. State lawyers
countered that the lower court found no evidence of actual bias, urging
the top court to reject Dutrow's case.