Suspension of Trainer Grove Upheld in West Virginia

by | 08.21.2013 | 8:29am
Chris Grove

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.

  • elkton stable

    Nikethamide is a serious medication with use that has been all but eliminated in human medicine due to dangerous side effects. Any person using this for racing purposes truly has tossed ethics and the safety of their horses aside. People that take these kinds of messures to win races need not be around ever. There are errors in judgement, but this goes beyond that. In my opinion, a permanent ban would be more appropriate. No sympathy here.

    • horse

      How about a FIRING SQUAD?

    • Lou Baranello, Former Steward

      Elkton Stable, You are correct but, as you can see, the wrist slapping continues. Six months and a fine for a Class A violation is a joke.

      • peewee

        well another trainer just had his hand slapped for a class 2,30 days second offense,and 2500 fine

    • Bubba

      Made for horses……lol… can buy here:

      Easily obtained with south american contacts. Just need to stop 3 days out as instructed.

  • md

    So long Mr. Grove. You got what you deserved.

  • Wally

    Normally I give the benefit of the doubt but this is hard to defend. I have seen the pp’s on a couple of horses that have left his barn and gone to other trainers since then and they clearly lost form since the change. Maybe coincidence but….

  • LaraHa

    why do they ever grade these violations? seems to me if you are caught medicating your horse, you are out. no quibbling around.

  • 4Bellwether666

    Spank that ***…This guy got off light…

  • Roisin

    The punishment is way too little. And how many times has he not been caught ?

  • we’re watching

    One by one these guys get revealed. The list is getting longer, and only one guy got ten years. They all need ten years, if they caught doing it.

  • aceeyes

    If it wasn’t for daddy, he would have got two years !

  • harrydoodle

    jane is still racing

  • 4Bellwether666

    Just another brick in the “Wall of Shame”…

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