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Biancone Vet Banned 5-Years In Cobra Venom Case
Kentucky stewards "have suspended veterinarian Dr Rodney Stewart for 5 years "for numerous violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations," reported bloodhorse.com. The suspension follows the headling-hogging investigation "into items seized during a June 22 search of 3 Keeneland barns" operated by trainer Patrick Biancone & Stewart's vehicle. Stewart was suspended for 4 years for possession of 3 sealed vials of alpha-cobratoxin (cobra venom) "a substance used to kill pain"; & he was additionally suspended for 1 year for possession of carbidopa & levodopa (both drugs "used to treat Parkinson's disease in humans"). KHRA executive director Lisa Underwood declared: "We hope this action by the stewards sends a clear a message that violations of Kentucky's racing rules will result in harsh penalties." Meanwhile the investigation by the KHRA "regarding the search of Biancone's barns & Stewart's vehicle is on-going".