Richard E. Dutrow Jr.

Richard E. "Rick" Dutrow Jr. (born August 5, 1959 in Hagerstown, Maryland) is an American thoroughbred racehorse trainer. He is currently serving a ten-year suspension administered by the racing commission in New York.

Rick Dutrow
BornAugust 5, 1959
Hagerstown, Maryland,
United States
Career wins1,811
Major racing wins
Sports Page Handicap (2000)
Floral Park Handicap (2002)
Prioress Stakes (2002)
Cicada Stakes (2003)
Comely Stakes (2003)
Queens County Handicap (2003, 2004)
Distaff Breeders' Cup Handicap (2003)
General George Handicap (2004)
Stuyvesant Handicap (2004)
Toboggan Handicap (2004)
Clark Handicap (2004)
Demoiselle Stakes (2004, 2005)
Massachusetts Handicap (2004)
Pennsylvania Derby (2004)
Donn Handicap (2005)
Woodward Stakes (2005)
Ashland Stakes (2005)
Jerome Handicap (2005)
Barbara Fritchie Handicap (2005)
Davona Dale Stakes (2005)
Maryland Breeders' Cup Handicap (2005)
Tom Fool Handicap (2006)
Metropolitan Handicap (2006)
Coaching Club American Oaks (2006)
Frank E. Kilroe Mile Handicap (2007)
Carter Handicap (2007)
Maker's Mark Mile Stakes (2007, 2008)
Schuylerville Stakes (2007, 2010)
Meadowlands Cup (2007)
Frank J. De Francis Memorial Stakes (2007)
Florida Derby (2008)
Smile Sprint Handicap (2008)
Sunshine Millions Dash (2009)
Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (2009, 2010)
Swale Stakes (2009, 2010)
Sunshine Millions Sprint (2010)
Hutcheson Stakes (2010, 2011)
Skip Away Handicap (2010)
Alysheba Stakes (2010)
Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (2010)
Woody Stephens Stakes (2010)
Jaipur Stakes (2010)
Hopeful Stakes (2010)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Breeders' Cup Sprint (2005)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2005)
Breeders' Cup Mile (2007)
Kentucky Derby (2008)
Preakness Stakes (2008)

International race wins:
Dubai Golden Shaheen (2008)
Godolphin Mile (2008)
Woodbine Mile (2010)
Racing awards
Leading trainer in New York (2001, 2002, 2005)
Significant horses
Carson Hollow, Cyber Secret, Offlee Wild,
Wild Desert, Saint Liam, Well Fancied,
Sis City, Wonder Lady Anne L, Silver Wagon,
Kip Deville, Silver Train, Benny the Bull,
Big Brown, Court Vision, D' Funnybone


His brother Anthony Dutrow is also a trainer. Their father, Richard E. Dutrow Sr., was one of Maryland racing's "Big Four" who dominated racing in that state during the 1960s and 1970s and who helped modernize flat racing training. At age sixteen, Rick Jr. began working as his father's assistant. In 1995, he set up his own public stable in New York after his father left the NYRA circuit to return to Maryland.

Training careerEdit

Dutrow's first major success came in 2005 when he won two Breeders' Cup races with Silver Train and Saint Liam. His 1,000th lifetime victory was with Kip Deville in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile on March 3, 2007.[1]

In 2008, he trained Big Brown to Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes victories, although the colt failed to capture the Triple Crown with a last place finish in the 140th Belmont Stakes. At the time, Dutrow had been suspended or fined 72 times by US horse-racing authorities and had admitted regularly administering the steroid Winstrol to his horses including Big Brown.[2] Nevertheless, Big Brown's accomplishments helped to make Dutrow one of the finalists for that year's Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer.


On October 12, 2011, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSR&WB) suspended Dutrow from racing for 10 years and fined him $50,000, citing a long history of racing violations.[3] This followed a decision by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's Licensing Review Committee not to renew his license in that state.[4] Dutrow continued to train horses while he appealed the ruling of the NYSR&WB in court. His legal options in New York State were exhausted when the state's Court of Appeals denied his request for appeal on January 8, 2013.[5] Barring a possible appeal in federal court,[6] Dutrow would be suspended from January 17, 2013 until January 17, 2023.

On February 27, 2013, Dutrow filed a lawsuit with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against the New York State Gaming Commission (former NYSR&WB), the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) and several other entities, seeking monetary damages and an overturning of his suspension. The suit alleges that Dutrow was "substantially and irreparably harmed" by the suspension and claims that he was deprived of due process under the law.[7]

In March 2020, the Queens District Attorney’s office re-opened its investigation in the Horse trainer Rick Dutrow's 10-year suspension, linked to syringes in his barn. There are new allegations of incriminating evidence having been planted in his barn. [8] The New York State Gaming Commission database lists just four equine deaths on Dutrow’s record in New York, and only one on the racetrack. That compares favorably with some of the top trainers currently competing on the New York circuit. In addition, although he has had numerous minor-to-moderate violations ranging from paperwork errors to overages of legal therapeutic drugs, Dutrow has never been found to have administered an illegal performance-enhancing substance to any of his horses.

In his defense, several people have supported his superior abilities as a horse trainer. “He is by far the most conscientious, horse centric trainer I have ever hired,’’ said owner Lansdon B. Robbins, for whom Dutrow trained the stakes winner Offlee Wild. “He always put the horse first and was way ahead in diagnosing issues before big problems arose.” [9]

“No one treated his horses better than Rick,’’ said Patti Cerda, the former manager of the identification department for New York Racing Association. “You could eat off the floors of his barn.’’[10]

And in his testimonial letter to the Gaming Commission, Dr. Bramlage wrote of Dutrow: ‘’To have trained as many horses at a high level for as long as he trained them and not have a single fatal injury on your record is a phenomenal testament to the care he gave his horses. [His] horses were sent to us early in the course of their diseases, before permanent damage had ensued. He and his staff recognized problems early and did not delay in getting them addressed. This is the primary reason he had so much success and so few injuries, in my opinion.’’[11]


  1. ^ Kip Deville Posts Kilroe Mile SurpriseThe Blood-Horse, March 3, 2007
  2. ^ Sarah Hughes (June 1, 2008). "Hopes high of Big Brown delivering Triple Crown". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  3. ^ Drape, Joe (October 13, 2011). "Dutrow barred from training horses for ten years". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-10.
  4. ^ Kentucky committee denies Dutrow a racing licenseDaily Racing Form, April 13, 2011
  5. ^ In the matter of Richard E. Dutrow v. New York State Racing and Wagering Board (N.Y. 2013-01-08) ("Motion for leave to appeal denied with one hundred dollars costs and necessary reproduction disbursements.").Text
  6. ^ Grening, David (2013-01-16). "Dutrow to Begin Suspension Thursday". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved 2013-01-17.
  7. ^ Grening, David (February 26, 2013). "Richard Dutrow Jr. sues in federal court to overturn ban and collect damages". Daily Racing Form. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
  8. ^ Matthews, Wallace (9 March 2020). "Facts, or Fiction? Dutrow Deserves Time Served". Equine Info Exchange. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  9. ^ Matthews, Wallace (9 March 2020). "Facts, or Fiction? Dutrow Deserves Time Served". Equine Info Exchange. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  10. ^ Matthews, Wallace (9 March 2020). "Facts, or Fiction? Dutrow Deserves Time Served". Equine Info Exchange. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  11. ^ Matthews, Wallace (9 March 2020). "Facts, or Fiction? Dutrow Deserves Time Served". Equine Info Exchange. Retrieved 9 March 2020.

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