Trainer Linda Rice Suspended

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Monday, May 17, 2021

New York State Regulators revoked the training license of Linda Rice for corruption in order to gain an edge with her horses by paying to obtain the names of entries in races before entries were closed. 

The New York State Gaming Commission has also fined the trainer $50,000. The trainer cannot re-apply for a license for three years. The vote passed 5-0. 

The vote and ruling comes after a five month hearing process involving 15 witnesses and dozens of exhibits. Three years ago, it was alleged that Rice made payments to NYRA officials to obtain the entries in upcoming races. The license of the NYRA racing clerk and a jockey agent were previously revoked. In an April report, the gaming commission hearing officer, Clark Petschek, said that Rice engaged in intentional and "corrupt" conduct to gain confidential information on horses entered in a race. 

The alleged scheme took place from 2011 to 2015 at Aqueduct Racetrack. The gaming commission calls the acts "corrupt" and that the trainer of 35 years was given "improper access" to information that may have provided her an edge.

By having her license revoked by the board, Rice is barred from having any Thoroughbred interests in the state of New York. 

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