Rice to continue training as court grants restraining order

Rice to continue training as court grants restraining order
Photo: Maryland Jockey Club

A New York court has granted a temporary restraining order that will allow Linda Rice to continue training.

The Daily Racing Form reported that in a request to the County of Schenectady Supreme Court, attorney Andrew Turro argued that an order to revoke Rice’s license would cause “irreparable harm” to Rice’s business.

Rice's license was revoked Monday after an order from the New York State Gaming Commission.

“In the absence of injunctive relief, Ms. Rice’s training business, the result of a very successful 34-year career, will be irreversibly destroyed before the court can hear this case and determine Ms. Rice’s application for a stay/preliminary injunction,” Turro wrote in his request, according to the report.

Turro could not immediately be reached for comment. But he told the DRF that "we also look forward to challenging the commission’s order in the court and ultimately vindicating Ms. Rice’s rights.”

The revocation came after the commission found in a May 17 meeting that Rice had "received regular, continual and improper access to the confidential names and other information concerning the other horses entered in races at The New York Racing Association, Inc. (“NYRA”), before the entries closed."

She was ordered to serve a three-year suspension and to pay a $50,000 fine.

Rice, who has saddled 43 winners ad banked $2.1 million in purse earnings this year, has one horse entered at Finger Lakes Racetrack on Wednesday, two at Belmont Park on Thursday and three at Belmont on Friday.

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