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John Stinebaugh, Horse Trainer, Suspended After Animals Test Positive For Viagra Drug

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico horse racing regulators are disciplining a trainer because four horses tested positive last July at Ruidoso Downs for a prohibited drug that's an ingredient of Viagra.

Racing Commission Executive Vince Mares says the Sunland Park board of stewards ordered that John Stinebaugh be suspended for 16 years, fined $40,000 and be required to forfeit $8,000 in purses.

Stinebaugh has until Thursday to appeal the ruling issued Monday by the Sunland Park board.

The Albuquerque Journal ( ) reports that the prohibited drug was Sildenafil, which increases cardiac output.

The affected horses can't race until mid-May. That's because they're now on the state veterinarian's list for 90 days.

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