Rick Dutrow, Big Brown’s trainer and the man who put the use of steroids in horse racing front and center with his colt’s bid for a Triple Crown, is ill and will not testify as expected Thursday before a Congressional subcommittee examining drug use and fatalities in the sport.
Even though he will be absent, Dutrow will be invoked as the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection holds a hearing titled “Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Racing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse.”
The breakdown and on-track euthanization of the filly Eight Belles after she finished second in the Kentucky Derby, and Dutrow’s admission that Big Brown was injected with the anabolic steroid Winstrol, will focus the subcommittee’s attention on fatalities and drugs, and their relation to each other.
A Congressional hearing on steroids in horse racing? WTF?