06/05/2013 3:55PM

Kentucky commission upholds suspension of trainer Carol Cobb

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission on Wednesday voted unanimously to accept a recommendation by a hearing officer to uphold a 180-day suspension issued more than two years ago to Carol Cobb, a trainer who has not started a horse since 2011.

Kentucky stewards suspended Cobb for six months after a horse she trained tested positive for tramadol, a powerful painkiller that is a Class A medication in Kentucky, after the first race at Turfway Park on Jan. 14, 2011. Although tramadol is commonly used by small-animal veterinarians to treat severe, chronic pain, it is a controlled substance in many states, including Kentucky, and racing states have banned the drug at any concentration in post-race samples.

In 2010 and 2011, Cobb had a record of 8 wins from 71 starts, with total earnings of $64,898.

◗ In other racing commission news, commissioner Michael Pitino has resigned his seat on the 15-member body, citing a recent move to Florida. Pitino, the son of University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, rarely attended meetings. Appointments to the commission are made by the state governor.