Thoroughbred trainer appeals 10-year ban in NY

Sep 17, 2012

KentuckyDerby-winning thoroughbred trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. is asking New York's top court to overturn his 10-year ban by the state Racing and Wagering Board, saying it raises substantial civil rights issues. More from WAMC’s Dave Lucas

In asking the Court of Appeals to hear Dutrow's case, attorney Michael Koenig (KAY'-neg) says 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.

They say Sabini had a conflicting role as an officer of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, which advocated revoking his license.

A midlevel New York court upheld the ban.

State lawyers say the midlevel court found no evidence of actual bias, and the top court should reject the case.

A ruling is expected next month.

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