The veterinarian in the Patrick Biancone cobra-venom case will appeal his five-year suspension at a hearing Wednesday at the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Dr. Rodney Stewart was suspended after three vials of cobra venom, along with two drugs to treat Parkinson's disease and other improperly labeled medicines were found in a raid of Thoroughbred trainer Biancone's barn at Keeneland in June 2007. Stewart also was fined $2,000 for failing to report Biancone.
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Biancone worked out a settlement with the racing commission that resulted in a six-month suspension. The suspension was extended after Biancone was found to have violated the terms of that agreement. The suspension was extended on Oct. 31.