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UPDATED: Dutrow Strikes Back With Federal Lawsuit

Rick Dutrow has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that his civil rights and due process rights were denied in the case that led to his trainer's license being suspended for 10 years.

Click here to read the lawsuit obtained by the Paulick Report.

The 53-year-old Dutrow has sued John Sabini, the former chairman of  the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, which suspended Dutrow; along with the New York State Gaming Commission, the organization that recently absorbed the SRWB; the Association of Racing Commissioners International; and several other individuals. The lawsuit claims Dutrow has suffered “irreparable harm and economic damages in the loss of his career, reputation, and livelihood.”

Sabini “acted in concert with certain officers and members of ARCI to ensure Dutrow's training license would be revoked, and in doing so, deprived Dutrow of due process under the law, and engaged in wrongful and malicious actions against him,” the lawsuit states.

Dutrow received the 10-year ban from the SRWB in October 2011, roughly eight months after Edward Martin, president of the Association of Racing Commissioners International, wrote a letter urging the New York regulatory body to revoke Dutrow's license. Sabini was an officer of RCI until his recent resignation from the New York State Racing and Wagering Board.

Martin's letter came after Dutrow appealed a suspension stemming from a drug positive and discovery in his barn of syringes loaded with a painkiller/muscle relaxant. It was the latest in a long line of medication and rules violations against Dutrow in multiple states.

Dutrow appealed the 10-year ban in state court but began serving the suspension on Jan. 17 after his legal options were exhausted.

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