LAUREL -- Trainer Dale Capuano is abandoning a long appeals process and will begin serving a 15-day suspension, regardless of whether he wins his court case in tandem with trainer Marilyn Goldman.
The two were ordered suspended because horses they trained tested positive for Bute in 1989 races. Judges heard evidence in the case in the Court of Special Appeals in Annapolis Monday, but Capuano said he was told it will be at least two months before a decision is rendered.
"I just want to start out the new year with a clean slate and get it over with," he said.
Goldman apparently will await a ruling from the court.
Yesterday, the Maryland Racing Commission delayed referral to the stewards of Capuano's request to terminate a stay of the penalty, pending a scheduled commission meeting today.