Friday Oct. 10, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A hearing officer has found there is
insufficient evidence to suspend Big Brown's trainer Rick Dutrow
for violating Kentucky drug rules with another horse.
The order by James Robke finds that the Kentucky Horse Racing
Commission was unable to prove Dutrow's horse, Salute the Count,
had an excessive amount of the legal drug Clenbuterol in his blood
during a race one day before the Kentucky Derby. The drug allows
horses to breathe easier while exercising.
Commission executive director Lisa Underwood said Friday the
commission will appeal the finding. The commission had given Dutrow a 15-day suspension earlier this summer for the drug violation. It was under appeal pending the hearing officer's ruling.
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