In February 2011, Dutrow was suspended for 60 days after one of his horses tested positive for a banned pain killer and an additional 30 days after hypodermic needles were found in a desk drawer in his barn. Dutrow testified that he knew nothing about the drugs or the needles, and he is appealing the suspensions.
Dutrow said Koenig has advised him not to speak to anyone while he pursues the appeal.
"Rick has paid his price for past violations," Koenig said. "And I think the number of violations people are throwing around are gross misrepresentations of the situation. To say he's had 64 past equine drug violations is not true. Many of those violations were simply failures to file the proper paperwork.
"We feel one reason he's in this position is that he appealed the two most recent suspensions ... and they're just trying to punish him for appealing."
Tony Dutrow, who trained 2-year-old filly Grace Hall to a second place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, is emotional about his brother's situation.
"Ricky is my brother, and I don't want to get him thrown off the racetrack," Tony Dutrow said. "But Ricky's not innocent. Ricky has had numerous violations and penalties. He has been counseled by many people. I've come down on him; so have a lot of others. He's had counseling. It's not the industry's fault. It's Ricky's fault.
"He's my brother. I love him and I respect him. But this is a nightmare, and it saddens me."