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US Congress Questions Dutrow Drug Penalty
The US Congressional committee examining safety & drug issues in racing has triggered further negative headlines for the industry after committee chairman Bobby Rush sent a letter to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission "requesting an explanation for the 15-day suspension that the regulatory body recently issued to trainer Richard Dutrow for a clenbuterol violation on May 2 at Churchill Downs," reported thoroughbretimes.com. In the letter, Rush asks "why Dutrow was suspended for 15 days when Kentucky regulations call for at least a 30-day suspension for a 2nd offence & Dutrow had a previous clenbuterol violation in New York in 2004". Rush declares: "This matter raises serious concerns about the effectiveness of the sport's current regulatory system." Kentucky chief steward John Veitch had previously explained Dutrow "is not considered a repeat offender because clenbuterol is a Class 3 drug (middle-of-the-road in terms of seriousness by industry standards) & for such an offence, repeat-offender status only kicks in if multiple infractions occur in a 12-month period". Rush has demanded a response from the KHRC by tomorrow (Friday).