Rick Dutrow, who trained Big Brown to Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins in 2008, has filed a federal lawsuit seekng to overturn his 10-year ban from thoroughbred racing in New York for drug violations.
The lawsuit, filed in Brooklyn, says Dutrow has been “irreparably harmed” by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. He wants $10 million in damages for lost earnings, punitive damages and an order lifting the ban.
“Any and every horse Dutrow becomes involved with during the 10 years his license is revoked … disqualifies the horse from any racetrack throughout New York state,” the civil court complaint says. “The order, in effect, also acts as a prohibition against Dutrow associating with any individuals who use the racetracks of New York state, including his family, who are connected to the racetracks.”
Lee Park, a spokesman for the New York State Gaming Commission, the agency that succeeded the racing board, said the commission hadn't been served with legal papers and declined to comment.