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Hearing officer finds insufficient evidence to suspend horse trainer Dutrow

October 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.

Dutrow is a native of Hagerstown.

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