Suspension of Trainer Grove Upheld in West Virginia
A six-month suspension and $5,000 fine of trainer Chris Grove has been upheld by the West Virginia Racing Commission.
The case concerns a 2012 positive for the Class 1 substance, nikethamide, a stimulant found in the Grove-trained Bubba de France, who won the 5th race at Charles Town July 28, 2012.
Grove had appealed a stewards ruling earlier this year that gave him the suspension and fine for a Class 1 violation, which carries the most severe penalties.
This was Grove’s first Class 1 violation. Since 2009, he has had three other medication violations that brought fines or disqualifications.