In Dutrow case, they got it right
Updated: January 15, 2013, 3:06 PM ETBy Bill Finley | Special to ESPN.com
A trainer has, to say the least, a checkered past. He gets caught doping a horse and with syringes containing other illegal drugs. Then what?The answer has always been: a small fine and/or a short suspension, with the miscreant putting his horses under the name of an assistant while still doing the real training job. The brief suspension ends, the trainer comes back, continues to win races by the boatload and has no shortage of owners because there are a lot of people out there who want an edge. Finally, with at least one case, it didn't end up that way. Barring a successful Hail Mary from his legal team, Rick Dutrow will begin serving a 10-year suspension any day now, a penalty so severe it may mean the 53-year-old will never train again.
Sorry, but I think this is a case of the system working perfectly and regulators hitting the bulls eye.
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