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New Mexico horse racing regulators have brought down discipline on a trainer after four horses tested positive for Viagra. According to NBC News on Feb. 14, 2014, the positive test came last July at Ruidoso Downs for a prohibited drug that is an ingredient in Viagra.

Yes, Viagra...in horses.

John Stinebaugh received a total of four suspensions - one per horse - that added up to 16 years and a $40,000 fine. He must forfeit $8,000 in purse winnings as well.

The drug found in the horses, and that is found in Viagra, is Sildenafil.

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

Mares said that the drug actually increases a horse's cardiac output and the increased endurance allowed them to run faster.

The penalty on Stinebaugh for the Viagra found in the horses is thought to be rather tough, according to Mares, but for good reason. Stinebaugh had a previous infraction involving a different drug and New Mexico has also recently toughened up its penalties.

Suspensions can actually run up to 25 years as a "proactive approach to the doping problem in New Mexico."

Stinebaugh can appeal the ruling by Thursday.

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