Kentucky racing regulators on Wednesday denied a license to former Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Richard Dutrow Jr.
"We have a duty to protect the betting public, owners, trainers, jockeys and others involved in Kentucky's signature industry," said Lisa E. Underwood, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, in a statement. "Unfortunately, Mr. Dutrow has shown a consistent disregard for the rules of racing."
Dutrow has been under scrutiny by racing regulators in New York for repeated medication violations, and he faces a hearing in May on whether his license should be permanently revoked.
The Kentucky licensing committee, which invited Dutrow to speak at a hearing Wednesday in Florence, voted unanimously to deny the training license after questioning him for about an hour about discrepancies on his application, which requires disclosure of previous suspensions and violations in other states.
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The commission cited six sections of Kentucky racing law in denying the application, including that Dutrow has engaged in "conduct that is against the best interest of horse racing."
Dutrow can appeal to the full commission but told reporters after the meeting that he did not know if he would.
Dutrow had two horses entered in Grade I races this weekend at Keene-land. Amen Hallelujah, entered in Thursday's Vinery Madison Stakes, and Court Vision, down for the Maker's Mark Mile on Friday, must be scratched.
Dutrow trained 2008 Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown but was later suspended for 30 days after a medication violation that same weekend.