Horse Racing Commission upholds vet suspension

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has
decided to uphold a hearing officer's recommendation to suspend a
veterinarian accused of possessing banned medication.
Dr. Rodney Stewart had appealed his five-year suspension for
possessing several drugs illegal for racehorses, including cobra
venom. He insisted he never injected any horse with them.
The cobra venom was found at a refrigerator in the barn of
trainer Patrick Biancone at Keeneland Race Course. Biancone was
suspended for one year.
Hearing officer Robert Layton determined the length of Stewart's
suspension was legal. The commission voted to agree Tuesday after
spending several minutes discussing the matter in closed session.

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