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Mike Stevenson suspended five years

October 19, 2010

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Mike Stevenson, who was born in New Brunswick and returned to the Maritimes following the 2002 racing season after competing for many years in the United States, has been suspended for five years after testing positive for a controlled substance at Summerside Raceway in Prince Edward Island.

Stevenson, 45, previously received a 127-day suspension in 2000 from the Maryland Racing Commission after he tested positive for cocaine while racing at Ocean Downs. The Maritimes Provinces Harness Racing Commission has not announced what substance was found in Stevenson’s system after he was tested Oct. 1.

Stevenson, one of the leading drivers in the Maritimes, won three Atlantic Sire Stakes Breeders Crown finals on Oct. 10, the last day he competed before the suspension. Overall, he has 1,243 career victories with $3,405,454 in purse earnings.

When contacted by the Canadian Broadcasting System and asked if he planned on appealing the ruling, Stevenson replied, “There is nothing to appeal.”

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