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Suspensions, Fines Over Cobalt

Published: June 3, 2016 4:19 pm ET

Last Comment: June 7, 2016 12:38 pm ET | 4 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

It has been reported that seven different horsepeople have been handed suspensions and fines in relation to cobalt.

WCSH6 has reported that seven horsepeople in the Maine industry have been slapped with suspensions, fines and orders to repay purse money for “providing cobalt to their horses.”

Some of the suspensions are as high as 450 days. The report states that one of the horsepeople implicated will have to repay roughly $23,000 in purse money.

WCSH6’s piece on the matter indicates that at least some of the horsepeople are planning on launching appeals, and that those appeals could be addressed as early as next week.

Trot Insider will update this story when more information becomes available.

A list of the horsepeople, fines, suspensions, etc. in regard to matter appears below.

Steven Vafiades
• Fined $2,250
• Must repay $23,000 in purse earnings
• 450-day suspension

Randy Bickmore
• Fined $2,250
• Must repay $11,000 in purse earnings
• 450-day suspension

Patricia Switzer
• Fined $2,250
• Must repay $7,000 in purse earnings
• 450-day suspension

Stephen Murchison
• Fined $2,250
• Must repay $4,250 in purse earnings
• 450-day suspension

Drew Campbell
• Fined $1,250
• Must repay $2,150 in purse earnings
• 270-day suspension

Allison MacDonald
• Must repay $1,250 in purse earnings

Frank Hiscock
• Must repay $1,200 in purse earnings

(With files from WCSH6)

June 7, 2016 - 12:38 pmThe legal system should be

John Hill SAID...

The legal system should be involved for repeat offenders. Jail time would be a great deterrent. The system currently in place is failing terribly.

June 6, 2016 - 8:20 pmMuch tougher there than in

carlo renon SAID...

Much tougher there than in New York.

June 4, 2016 - 11:08 amThey should be banned for

Ted Decker SAID...

They should be banned for life but at least the suspensions are substantial.

June 3, 2016 - 9:13 pmI will make a comment, seeing

Mike Scott SAID...

I will make a comment, seeing there are none made as of yet. I've always said. Every trainer gets a schedule of drugs . (Period) if there horse is found with any drugs that are not on that list . (Lifetime suspension !! (Period )


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