Island harness driver-trainer still waiting for appeal hearing on suspension
Marc Campbell is back in the sulky tonight, but still no further ahead on how to explain one of the horses he trained tested positive for a drug this summer.
The Winsloe native was suspended for 31 days effective Aug. 30 and fined $200 after Kellys Cross tested positive for Prednisolone, an anti-inflammatory that reduces swelling.
“It’s been a pretty long, grueling month,” Campbell, the 2012 national O’Brien Award winner, told The Guardian on Wednesday. “I just really want to get back driving and training horses and kind of put it behind me and get back to work.”
The positive test came during the first race on the Aug. 16 card.
Campbell said he has not been given a date for an appeal hearing as he was told they were waiting dates for representatives of the company that tested the sample to be able to attend.
With already serving his time, Campbell said the only thing to be gained from the appeal would be clearing his name.
“It’s pretty hard to beat something like that unless I have proof like DNA and DNA is really hard to get from a urine sample,” he said, noting the DNA tests costs money.
Campbell said it has been a tough, stressful month on his family.
He was allowed back at the track on Monday and is looking forward to tonight’s races at the Charlottetown Driving Park.
“I’m excited about it,” Campbell said. “I can’t wait to get back at it.”