With Apologies To Rod Serling
The natural habitat of Thoroughbred racing isn’t the Twilight ZoneÑbut sometimes it certainly seems that way.
Case on point: Within the span of a few days last week, Rick Dutrow Jr. was named the leading trainer during the spring/summer meeting at Belmont Park and a New York appellate court upheld a 10-year suspension handed to Dutrow last October by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board (NYSRWB). If this juxtaposition of events has your head spinning, you’re not alone. Saddling 27 winners doesn’t sound very much like a suspension, at least not the way the term is usually understood.
You can almost hear the eerie music and Rod Serling’s sonorous voice introducing an episode titled The Last Days of a Jockey: “Rounding the far turn and coming up fast on the railÑis the Twilight Zone.”
Despite the apparent contradiction, it’s altogether proper and above board for a trainer to benefit from an advantage provided by the law.
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