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Horses given Viagra to run faster: Trainer suspended 16 years over PED use

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Four horses in New Mexico tested positive for an illegal drug used in Viagra. Allegedly, a horse trainer at Ruidoso Downs gave the Viagra drug component to mares in violation of horseracing’s PED (performance-enhancing drug) policy back in July. As a consequence, the horse trainer was suspended for 16 years on Monday, citing a Feb. 15 Inquisitr report.

Watch video above for another surprising use of the popular drug.

Sources say horse trainer, John Stinebaugh gave Viagra to horses in order to improve their performance on the race track. After an investigation, the NM Racing Commission handed him four sentences of four years each. Additionally, Stinebaugh was slapped with a $40,000 fine and ordered to forfeit $8,000 in purses.

Horses that are given Viagra to run faster do so because their heartbeat and overall cardiac output increases. In turn, they run faster and longer.

That drug has no business being in a horse. It has no medicinal or therapeutic value in a horse," said Racing Commission Executive Vince Mares.

Apparently, it's not the first time the horse trainer was implicated in a doping scandal. According to Mares, Stinebaugh received a violation in the past for giving horses Viagra-like drugs. Then, penalties were not as harsh, but recent changes in state legislation stiffened punishment.

For his role in giving horses Viagra drug components, the trainer has until Thursday following Presidents Day to file an appeal to lessen the penalty or set it aside altogether.

The drug is known for its role in increasing a man's libido. However, drug-makers are experimenting with a form for women. But as seen in the video above, Viagra has a role in sports as well.

This story is developing.

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