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.