Trainer Silva Suspended for 45 Days

Trainer Jose Silva has been suspended for 45 days by the California Horse Racing Board after Glorious Linda tested positive for the Class 2 drug Hydroxymepivacaine after finishing second in a $50,000 claiming event April 21 at Hollywood Park. Silva has three days to appeal the suspension which was handed down by the Board of Stewards at Del Mar after an administrative hearing.

Hydroxymepivacaine is commonly sold under the trade name Carbocaine-V and is a local anesthetic used to diagnose lameness. Silva's suspension begins Sept. 18 and extends through Nov. 1, 2000, and denies him access to all California racetracks. Through Monday Silva had 21 winners this year from 189 starters and 33 additional top-three finishes.

Glorious Linda was disqualified from the $10,000 earned in the April 21 race and placed last in the field of six. Her owner, Shugart Corp., was required to turn over its winnings. The 6-year-old mare has raced four times since that start. One May 3 she was second in a $45,000 turf claiming event, and on June 14 she was third in another race with the same conditions. In two subsequent starts the mare was unplaced.