Rice’s Attorney to Fight Implementation of Suspension

Rice’s Attorney to Fight Implementation of Suspension

In response to the New York State Gaming Commission’s June 7 implementation of a suspension against trainer Linda Rice, her attorney said he will file a stay of the order “as fast as humanly possible.”

Speaking Monday after the gaming commission put into immediate effect a three-year suspension and $50,000 fine, attorney Andrew Turro called the May 17 ruling against Rice “incorrect” and that a stay will likely be filed in Schenectady Supreme Court.

If the restraining order is put into effect, Rice will be able to continue training horses until all of her legal avenues of appeal have been exhausted.

“We are very troubled by the commission’s determination with respect to the racing office information issue because it is incorrect in a number of material respects,” Turro said. “We will seek judicial review of the order as soon as humanly possible and we expect to be heard in court this week on a stay application.”

Rice had entered Inside Info  on Monday’s card at Finger Lakes, but he was scratched from the eighth race. She also has one horse entered June 9 at Finger Lakes, two June 10 at Belmont Park, and three June 11 at Belmont.

“NYRA intends to fully implement the directives set forth in the New York State Gaming Commission Findings and Order issued today, which prohibits Linda Rice from participating in pari-mutuel horse racing at any racetrack in New York State, including Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course, and Aqueduct Racetrack,” said New York Racing Association spokesperson Pat McKenna.

Turro also said he was “gratified” that the gaming commission did not pursue bribery charges against Rice.

“There was no merit to those charges whatsoever,” he said.

After a five-month-long hearing process, state regulators ordered May 17 that Rice’s license be revoked for what officials say was a “corrupt” scheme during 2011-15 to gain an edge with her horses by obtaining the names of entries in races from racing office employees before the cards became final.

The ruling said she cannot re-apply for a license for three years.

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