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Dutrow granted continuance on appeal of suspension
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Published: 7/29/2008 8:01 AM

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Trainer Rick Dutrow has been granted a continuance by Kentucky horse racing officials, pushing back his appeal of a drug suspension.

Dutrow is the trainer of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown. He was given a 15-day suspension by Kentucky racing officials last month after another horse he trains exceeded the allowable limit for a drug that enables horses to breathe easier while exercising.

Dutrow was scheduled to meet with a hearing officer Tuesday, but was granted a continuance by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Monday. KHRC chief steward John Veitch said the date of the next hearing has not been determined.

Dutrow has said he eventually will serve the suspension, but by appealing he can continue preparing Big Brown and several other top horses for upcoming stake races.

Big Brown will run in the Haskell Invitational on Sunday at Monmouth Park, his first start since finishing last in the Belmont Stakes, ending his bid for a Triple Crown.