Respected Trainer Chuck Sylvester Gets Cobalt Positive

Hall of Fame trainer Chuck Sylvester has been hit with a Cobalt positive in Pennsylvania after a horse he trained tested for an excess level of the banned substance. Sylvester has been handed a 15-day suspension and a $500 fine by the Pennsylvania Harness Commission.

An even bigger problem for Sylvester could be his status at the Jeff Gural-owned racetracks. Gural said yesterday that if a split sample taken from the horse also tests positive for the drug then Sylvester will no longer be allowed to compete at The Meadowlands, Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs. He also said the two horses Sylvester trains for him will be moved to a new barn.