HALLANDALE BEACH, FL., May 17, 2021 — Trainer Linda Rice has had her license revoked by the New York State Gaming Commission for three years and fined $50,000, it was announced on the NYSGC Twitter account.
She can reapply for a license after three years.
The process took nearly four years to complete after Daily Racing Form first reported that Rice allegedly made payments to NYRA officials in order to obtain race entry information in 2018.
Rice is in her 36th year as a trainer and was the first and only woman to earn a leading trainer title at the Saratoga race meet when she saddled 20 winners at the storied session in 2009.
Rice, the daughter of legendary horseman Clyde Rice, also won or shared in three other training titles at NYRA circuit tracks, two at Aqueduct and one at Belmont. She has saddled over 2,000 career winners.
The revocation came resulting from incidents of “computer trespassing” in which Rice offered monetary rewards to two racing department employees, NYRA clocker Stephen Foster and jockey agent Mike Gonzalez, for information on race entrants.
Specifically, Rice was charged with gaining “regular, continual, and improper access” in advance, the names of horses running in a number of races, giving her an illegal competitive advantage.
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