Race horses test positive for illegal drug

RUIDOSO, N.M. (KRQE) – A renowned New Mexico horse trainer has been handed a hefty punishment after four horses under his care tested positive for the active ingredient in Viagra.

John Stinebaugh has been suspended for 16 years, fined $40,000 and ordered to forfeit $8,000 in purses.

The sanctions stem from horses who tested positive for the drug during July trials at Ruidoso Downs.

The drug is illegal because it can boost a horse’s performance.

The affected horses have been ordered to sit out for 90 days and they must receive a physical from racing commission veterinarians before they can return to racing.

Last April, Stinebaugh served a 15-day suspension, paid a $500 fine and lost an $8,000 purse after a horse under his care tested positive for another illegal drug while racing at Sunland Park.

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