Atonement Looms Large

On Tuesday, May, 22nd, Rick Dutrow faces a judge in a New York courtroom.  A Stay, or Temporary Restraining Order, granted by the court against a ten year suspension order by the New York State Racing & Wagering Board has allowed Dutrow to continue his activities as a trainer in some racing jurisdictions.  Judges procedurally  receive pre- trial briefs from the attorneys representing both sides and will probably hear brief oral arguments.  I can not speculate as to when a decision might be forthcoming.  A judge’s workload has a great deal to do with that ultimate result.  Barring something unforeseen, I would expect the judge to continue the stay until such time as a decision is reached.  When this court reaches it’s decision, should it be unfavorable to Dutrow, he will have to face the financial reality of all this which is, I think, best explained by an old axiom.  After a disappointing decision from the court, the lawyer says to his client, “Don’t worry, I intend to proceed with this case all the way to the United States Supreme Court, if necessary, or until you run out of money.”

I have no idea how much money Rick Dutrow chooses to spend on his defense, however I do believe the NYSR&WB’s decision in this case is a sound one.

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