LAUREL -- Trainer Dale Capuano will start a 30-day suspension tomorrow for two positive tests of racehorses in 1988 and 1989.
Capuano, one of Maryland's most prominent trainers in recent years, gave up appeals of the tests after losing in Prince George's Circuit Court last week.
He will be out through Nov. 25 and must pay a $500 fine. During that time, he will not be allowed on the grounds of virtually all racetracks in the United States.
Capuano served a 20-day suspension this year for positive tests in Pennsylvania. Another 15-day suspension in Maryland is under appeal.
"Dale may have lost the appeals, but he really won the cases for racing," his lawyer, William Renahan, said yesterday. "By appealing these cases before the [Maryland Racing] Commission, he got more rational and more reasonable rules and procedures. His appeals caused the commission to list specific labs that are permitted for confirming positive findings. The Maryland lab now uses a centrifuge on samples. They seal the evidence now and have a better chain of custody practice.
"The Maryland horsemen have been helped by Dale's appeals."
* Edgar Prado, leading rider at Laurel Race Course, is expected to be back riding tomorrow or Sunday after passing a kidney stone Wednesday night. He was expected to be released from Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore late yesterday.
* Valay Maid, Maryland's representative in the Breeders' Cup tomorrow, left yesterday for Belmont Park and the $1 million Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Carlos Garcia, Valay Maid's trainer, said: "I think Bayakoa is the one to beat. She has a Hall of Fame trainer [Ron McAnally] and jockey [Laffit Pincay]."
Bayakoa, Go for Wand and Gorgeous are the top selections. Valay Maid, owned by Virginia Hopkins, will be ridden by Marco )) Castaneda.
* Mike Luzzi will ride Master Speaker in the $75,000 Find Handicap at Laurel tomorrow. Master Speaker is the top-weighted entrant among seven in the feature.