ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow has filed a federal lawsuit trying to overturn his 10-year ban from racing in New York for drug violations.
The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn, says the 53-year-old Dutrow has been "irreparably harmed" by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board for what he says is effectively a lifetime ban.
Dutrow claims racing officials engaged in "wrongful and malicious actions" against him. He's seeking $10 million in damages for lost earnings, punitive damages and an order lifting the ban.
He had unsuccessfully appealed the ban in state courts.
A spokesman for the New York State Gaming Commission, the agency that succeeded the racing board, says they haven't been served with legal papers and declined to comment.
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