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Trainer suspended after race horses test positive for Viagra

Trainer Mike Mudaris is in some hot water in the racing world after two of his horses tested positive for the drug sildenafil, also known as Viagra.

According to Daily Racing Form, Mudaris was given a $17,500 fine and an 18-month suspension when it was discovered two of his horses that ran during the 2016 Del Mar summer meet, had been doping on grandpa’s sex medicine. The horses were disqualified and all prize money was returned.

Mudaris’ attorney said the trainer “did not administer sildenafil to the horses and is being penalized under the absolute insurer’s rule.”

Now I know very little about training horses (nothing, actually), so I do not know why anyone would give a horse medicine for erectile dysfunction. In theory I guess it would make the horse run harder, and for longer than 30 seconds, but I’m only assuming here.

Whatever the case, it’s a stiff penalty.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

33 Comments for Trainer suspended after race horses test positive for Viagra



  1. Cats4lyfe
    3:16 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    I see what you did there, Drew. Now that’s funny!



  2. macattack
    3:17 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    If the horse runs longer than 4 hours, call your trainer



  3. TBW3011
    3:22 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Guy is a great trainer. Should have a statue erected.



  4. Mathlete
    3:29 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    In all seriousness, it’s supposed to increase blood flow everywhere in your body and that’s probably why it was being given to the horses.

    In all sarcasm, it may also have been to give them a fifth leg to run on.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:31 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

      Or a kickstand in case they get tired of standing for so long.



    • KentuckyJortsRadio
      3:37 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

      Yep, it was designed for high blood pressure, it thins the blood out, increases blood flow and therefore oxygen levels. It’s banned in almost every competitive sport as a result.

      For this reason, many mountain climbers have used it to preempt/treat hypoxia for over a decade.



    • Mathlete
      4:06 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

      Advantages – increased blood flow, lower BP

      Disadvantages – less aerodynamic, drags the ground



  5. Wildfelinebeeline
    3:30 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    This is so HARD to believe! I wonder if the horse was trying to run in a new direction? Or, maybe his name was My Dixie Wrecked!



  6. RealCatsFan
    3:36 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Maybe they just wanted to have the track plowed up…



  7. Realme
    3:39 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Drew totally posted this for the puns, and you guys did not disappoint.



  8. Bluebloodtoo
    3:44 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    stiff penalty… LOL



  9. MadHatter
    3:57 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Believe me, that’s a hard pill to swallow.



  10. JW83
    4:07 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Come on, he’s just trying to throw his horse a bone here.



  11. CarolinaMedCat
    4:30 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Actually, it helps increase cardiac output by decreasing the arterial pressures to the lungs and therefore increases exercise capacity. These drugs are also given to humans who suffer from pulmonary arterial hypertension. If you were a football coach you would know this, Drew.



  12. Angelo
    4:30 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Great tumescent comments!!



  13. Rod Crandler
    4:41 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    I’m not sure if this wood help or not



  14. mikeintn
    4:48 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Now that get’s me all excited!



  15. njp2018
    4:56 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Brings new meaning to the term “Wood Memorial.”



    • TBW3011
      1:49 pm October 11, 2017 Permalink

      You’re onto something here. Maybe all entries should have to be on viagra?



  16. bigbluegdud
    4:57 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    So the Del Mar racing officials are going to disqualify two horses on Viagra and then probably let the horses on Lasix slide by? It’s like THROBBING PETER to pay Paul.



  17. nybrasky
    4:59 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    With the stiff competition, trainers will do anything to get a (fifth) leg up these days.



  18. Cats4lyfe
    4:59 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    It doesn’t say in the article, but I believe one of the horses was named Trails in the Sand. The other was Peter Dragon if I’m not mistaken.



  19. dbookno1
    5:06 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    It’s nice to see that Pitino got a job as a horse trainer.



    • 4everUKblue
      5:09 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah but he got to train them go longer than 15 seconds…



  20. BTownUKFan
    6:19 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    I’ll give it a try…1) Instead of winning by a nose, he was hoping he would win by a head. 2) The punishment is harder on the trainer than it was on the horse.3) The horse was owned by Richard E. Rectille Farms. 4) As my Chinese friend said after the polls closed: The erection was fixed!



  21. runningunnin.454
    6:20 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Bravo, guys….very funny. As pointed out above, the drug increases blood flow and oxygen levels. This is the same reason Secretariat was so successful; his heart was over 2.5 times the size of a normal horse’s heart…about 22 pounds. HIs main rival, Sham, also had a large heart at around 15 pounds.
    Their heart and lung efficiency was naturally abnormal. I believe when Secretariat won the Derby, both horses broke the record.



  22. Luether
    8:15 pm October 10, 2017 Permalink

    Great post, Drew, and some great comments too…