At the Gate - Wednesday
January 9, 2013
By Mike Dempsey
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Turn out the lights Babe, the party’s almost over.
Trainer Rick Dutrow has three runners entered at Aqueduct on Wednesday, but his training days may soon be over.
For the second time in three months The New York Court of Appeals said they will not hear an appeal of the 10-year suspension that was handed down by The New York State Racing and Wagering Board.
Dutrow’s legal options are running out, and by later this week the Racing and Wagering Board may enforce the suspension and $50,000 fine.
Dutrow, who ends just about every sentence with “Babe” has a long string of violations around the country and was handed a 90-day suspension after his horse Fastus Cactus tested positive for the painkiller butorphanol on Nov. 20, 2010 at Aqueduct.
The Board then decided to slap Dutrow with a bigger punishment, stating at the time that Dutrow was a “person whose conduct at racetracks in New York State and elsewhere has been improper, obnoxious, unbecoming, and detrimental to the best interests of racing."
John Sabini, chairman of the Racing and Wagering Board released a statement that read, “Today, the New York State Court of Appeals released its decision denying Richard E. Dutrow, Jr.’s final request for leave to appeal, thus exhausting his legal options in state court. Upon service of the order on Mr. Dutrow, the penalties issued against him by the Board – a 10-year ban from racing in New York and $50,000 in fines – are expected to take effect. The court’s action confirms that cheaters who repeatedly violate the rules have no place in New York racing.”
The Saratogian reported that Sabini is leaving the job as of Friday. Gov. Andrew Cuomo was not expected to keep Sabini on the Board. His plans include merging the Racing Board and state Lottery Division to form a new state Gaming Commission.
Dutrow has horses entered on Thursday and Friday as well, but by the weekend his owners may be transferring the horses to new barns.
His lawyer Michael Koenig may take the appeal process to the federal level. In an email sent to Bloodhorse wrote, “We are now considering what options exist.''
So perhaps it ain’t over yet, Babe.
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Here is today’s opening from Aqueduct to get the day off to a good start:
AQU Race 1 Md $35,000 (12:30 ET)
2 Discreet Code 5-1
4 Talmadge Hill 4-5
6 Pray for Rain 6-1
3 Keyaly 8-1
Analysis: Discreet Code drops in for a tag for the first time here for the Levine barn that has been sending out live runners at the meet. The gelding was outrun last out in an eighth place finish, his first go off a two month layoff. The gelding showed some ability in his first three starts, a third and a couple of fourths versus tougher. He looks like a good fit here on the class relief.
Talmadge Hill also drops in for a tag for the first time here. Last out the filly pressed the early pace and weakened to finish fourth in her first go off a two month break. Her first two starts came on turf, a runner up finish in her debut followed by a fourth. She has three sibs that are winners, top earner Paper Plane ($100,522). She takes on the boys here but this is not a very tough looking group of state breds.
WIN: #2 to win at 7-2 or better.
EX: 2,4 / 2,3,4,6
TRI: 2,4 / 2,3,4,6 / 2,3,4,6,7
Today's Featured Race of the Day from Aqueduct:
AQU Race 7 OClm $35,000N2X (3:18 ET)
4 Great Gracie Dane 2-1
5 Read the Research 3-1
7 Get Gorgeous 10-1
6 Sally's Dream 5-1
Analysis: Great Gracie Dane stretches back out to a route of ground here after chasing the early pace and weakening to finish fourth last out in the state bred Lottsa Talc going six furlongs. The mare won at this level two back for the Jacobson barn and now makes her second start off the claim by Levine. She is two for three at today's distance and back in January stepped outside of the state bred ranks to beat Alw-2 company going two turns on the inner track.
Read the Research set the early fractions and could not match strides late with the winner in a runner up finish at this level on the stretch out. She also will be saddled by the live Levine barn and Ramon takes over from the five pound bug. The filly makes her third start of her current form cycle and is a logical player here in what could end up an all-Levine exacta.
WIN: #4 to win at 9-5 or better.
EX: 4,5 / 4,5,6,7
TRI: 4,5 / 4,5,6,7 / 4,5,6,7,8
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.
R1: #3 Keyaly 8-1
R3: #4 Quark 8-1
R4: #6 Nothin But a Dream 8-1
R5: #3 Stellars Theory 12-1
R7: #7 Get Gorgeous 10-1
R8: #3 Charlie’s Quest 8-1
R9: #8 Wildichi 12-1
R9: #7 On Or the Other 10-1
Good luck today!
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