Trainer who won '08 Ky. Derby agrees to suspension

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Posted on April 14, 2011 at 2:12 PM

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow will serve a 30-day suspension after reaching a settlement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

Dutrow's horse, Salute the Count, tested positive for a breathing stimulant in May 2008. He was first suspended in July but appealed, leading to Tuesday's settlement.

The suspension runs from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 as part of the settlement. Dutrow will not have to pay the commission's legal fees.

Dutrow won the 2008 Kentucky Derby with Big Brown. Big Brown never violated a drug rule, but Dutrow was widely criticized when he acknowledged the horse had the then-legal steroid stanozolol in his bloodstream during his 2008 Derby and Preakness victories. Kentucky and most other states have since banned stanozolol and other anabolic steroids.

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