Trainer Mike Mudaris Fined, Suspended After Two Horses Test Positive For Viagra

by | 10.10.2017 | 10:53am
Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, was detected in two horses trained by Mike Mudaris

Stewards have fined trainer Mike Mudaris $17,500 and imposed an 18-month suspension on the trainer after two of his horses that ran during the 2016 Del Mar summer meet tested positive for sildenafil – more commonly known as Viagra.

According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the Mudaris-trained horses Shakeitupbetty and Iancol, which both finished fifth in races on Aug. 12, 2016 at Del Mar, tested positive for the banned substance.

Iancol tested for 12 nanograms sildenafil, while Shakeitupbetty tested for 5.2 nanograms, according to the ruling. Both horses have been disqualified, and the total purse money won, $900, be returned.

Roger Diamond, an attorney representing Mudaris, told the Form that Mudaris has appealed the penalties.

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

“He wants to correct the record,” Diamond said.

“The board of stewards did not find Mudaris put any Viagra in the horses' food or drink. It was allegedly done by his employees. He was not there at Del Mar that day.”

The suspension is scheduled to begin Oct. 20 and end on April 20, 2019.

Read more in the Daily Racing Form

  • Bill B.

    Besides about a million jokes that are available for this topic, how does a horse potentially benefit from this drug?

    • Chris Lowe

      Testosterone.

      • dan gable

        Can’t make this stuff up.

        • Always Curious

          You really can’t can you? Why am I still shocked. I should not be. I would like to see a list of all the human medications not approved for horses & used.

      • Always Curious

        Read my comment above, no testosterone in it.

    • disqus_Wp1tYwcjgm

      Sildenafil is used for pulmonary hypertension in humans to improve oxygen exchange in those patients. It is a PED in athletes when properly used as it improves O2 exchange from lung into the bloodstream.

  • Ida Lee

    I don’t get it …. after visiting most stud farms in Lexington, I find that stallions are not shy about their manly powers and are the last males of any species who would need viagara for anything…where am I wrong ???

    • Big G

      ASK WAR EMBLEM IF HE NEEDED A DOSE ,,, WORD AROUND THE BREEDING SHED, HE WAS NOT TO INTERESTED IN ALL THOSE PRETTY FILLIES…

      • Ida Lee

        Well, War Emblem doesn’t need to bother anymore since he lost 2/3 of his equipment before arriving at Old Friends….

  • greg

    They know when they take the trainers exam that if ANYTHING ever tests positive that he and only he is responsible, don’t like the rule, don’t take the test. Then once they get fined for a horse testing positive they blame an employee! Even if an employee, or another owner, or the guy who sells the DRF contaminates the feed YOU are responsible, period. Take responsibility as you knew would happen and move on, be more careful who is allowed in your barn

    • Judoon

      Graham Motion recently won his legal fight against absolute insurer, remember. So he was not “responsible, period,” as you put it, and Mudaris ultimately might not be either.

      • greg

        Courts make questionable rulings all the time, the way the rule is written is not ambiguous at all, the interpretation was

        • Judoon

          The rule is straightforward; the constitutionality is in question. But that’s not really my point. Merely the fact that there was a recent ruling against absolute insurer provides additional hope/incentive for other trainers to fight it. And if this trainer also wins (just “if,” not saying he either should or shouldn’t), that would be significant. We’ll see.

      • Always Curious

        The they took place in different states I think. No universal rules(:

      • ben

        Did you sort out, the rules in Kentucky VS California.

        The Motion case is not over, as the outcome is appealed. But if the outcome will stand after all is finished, than racing will be in it,s last yr. Without responsibilty no racing.

    • Belmont Man

      That seems like a STIFF sentence 😁😁😁

      • longtimehorsewoman

        Yes. And they need to give out more stiff sentences. Was it worth that big fine to win $900?

    • El Espresso

      Responsibility….a personal trait that is as rare as common sense these days….both can be considered a super power should either be found in a trainers barn !!

    • Neigh Sayer

      Motion opened this can of worms, and I said then this will open the flood gates to more court action looking for the same result.

    • Ida Lee

      greg, you are so right….every office I’ve worked in, if I messed up and a client was injured in any way because of it, it was my boss’ butt on the line and he was always responsible….it’s why I was included in his Errors and Omissions insurance coverage ….

  • Manefan

    Though we may not have all the information in this case, it appears to me that it may be time to air the barn. Don’t forget to frisk them all on the way out. And, put up cameras and be present more often in the future. Either way, it’s the trainer’s responsibility to ensure the welfare of the horses in their care.

  • Richard C

    Let me take a guess — it’s those wild fillies in that other barn who want to party every night. Actually…..haven’t seen the “disgruntled former employee” card being played for some time.

  • Monrovia Damon

    wtf is wrong with some people. Imagine that phone call to his owner

  • El Espresso

    Just another lazy dishonest trainer trying get away something. Blame Everyone but yourself scumbag….they should have fined him 50K and set him down for three years! I love how they try to blame it on the help…and how they know nothing about it… sabotage blah blah blah….what a low life.

    • Tango F

      I am certain is was in a bagel …

  • El Espresso

    I’m sure they would welcome him in Texas and Louisiana

    • Mary (M.R.) Perdue

      Pennsylvania is the place to be

    • Todays_Tom_Sawyer

      Unfortunately, I think you’re right. At the very least, he could be an assistant under Broberg or Ramirez

  • Jay

    I do not know Mr. Mudaris and I do not condone his transgression, but his violations pale in comparison to some others in recent years in California. The penalties assessed here only demonstrate the ineptitude of the CHRB and Board of Stewards. Mr. Mudaris is only another poster child.

    • frank graziano

      Scapegoat

    • jarmstead

      I don’t know of Mr. Mudaris either, however; the trace amounts from the article above, “Lancol tested for 12 nanograms sildenafil, while Shakeitupbetty tested for 5.2 nanograms,” are so minuscule… that it is ridiculous to think that there would be any benefit.

      • longtimehorsewoman

        I am tired of hearing the nanogram defense for cheating. Yes, nanograms are tiny. But that is the amount they found in the blood sample!!! People wake up. The sample size is also small. How many sample sizes are in a horse? Horses have 12-13 GALLONS of blood. You have to understand that the substance is measurable not just in the sample, but in ALL the blood.

    • Olebobbowers

      I wonder what the punishment was for Ron Ellis under the trainer responsibility rule? He insulted the entire racing industry by using the biggest stage in racing, the B.C.Sprint to be DQ’d with a positive post race drug test. Anybody heard? It’s been almost a year, so I guess they forgave him ;*(

  • Eric

    I see an awful lot of people that are jumping to the conclusion that Mudaris was blatantly trying to cheat and got caught.

    I don’t know much of anything about Mike Mudaris – but ask yourselves this question. When 2 horses are vanned in together to race on the same day, and are handled by any number of people along the way, and they both test positive for traces of the same drug, and its a drug that is used by humans, and its questionable how much of a performance enhancer the drug is to begin with – doesn’t that hint strongly at environmental contamination?

    I am not questioning the penalty – the positives are documented, and the rules are the rules. But I think some of you that are looking to “hang him high” are going overboard here. This situation is not unlike the meth positive that one of Peter Miller’s horses got when the horse was sent to Pennsylvania. I think its highly unlikely that the drug was intentionally administered in hopes of performance enhancement.

    I will say that either Mudaris is really unlucky, or the stewards must have thought something might be up. They don’t drug test every horse, they test the winner and then they select another horse or two either randomly or if they see something suspicious (such as an uncharacteristic performance either good or bad). So for 2 consecutive 5th place finishers from the same barn to be “specialed”, that’s quite a coincidence.

    • Always Curious

      The drug causes the vascular system to relax; which that results in a increase in the blood flow. It looks like an oxygen booster to me. I just looked on line. I have no idea if it has any effect on a horse. I bet someone out there knows. People on the track know so much we do not. The trainer is pretty bad, no winner in a very long time. I got this info from the full DRF article linked here. It’s hard for me to believe this was contamination. Somehow I just can’t picture pills accidentally dropped in two different stalls. lol Like it fell out their pocket? Possibly there was other circumstances that played into the decision besides the drug test? I do not know what is involved in the investigation. Maybe other negatives? Anyone know??? Always curious:)

  • Ryan

    It took a whole year to hand down the penalty? Joke
    I remember when this story first broke.
    One has to wonder how many positives peter has in the pending file

  • El Espresso

    Absolutely common now, a huge QH trainer got busted on the same stuff and his rulings are still hanging out …he tried to blame it on a compounding pharmacy…everyone that gets caught now blames it on the help, contamination, doped up grooms, etc…IF trainers would simply implement controls….they could avoid all this drama, BUT they don’t want to because that would prevent them from cheating….they would rather cheat, hope for the best and then lie, pass blame, and act like they know nothing about what’s going on at their barn…which ironically is the one thing they should always be aware of….it’s like a snake eating it’s own tail….these guys ultimately do themselves in…which is just what happened in this case

  • Always Curious

    I know it came as a heart medication and they found the wonderful side effect. LOL Even all those side effects like heart attack, were purposely overlooked. Did they take it off the market? No. Men had discovered a miracle cure. I think it is about blood doping to increase oxygen to the heart & lungs in the horses.

  • Ida Lee

    I’m not sure I know what you’re apologizing for Always ….but for the record, you never need to apologize to me for anything you say on this blog….

    • Always Curious

      Thanks Ida Lee! I could not delete a comment so I was talking to the PR moderator. Lol Windows 10 is driving me nuts so I will blame it on that. Hello & hope you are well!

      • Ida Lee

        LOL….Windows 10 was a nightmare when we first upgraded….now it’s just merely annoying but we get by …. have a nice evening…..

  • Jack M

    What a dumb move. It’s not easy to run with a 20 inch boner. Trust me, I know from personal experience.

  • Tango F

    the blood flow and oxygen replenishing to the muscles is more likely …

  • Tango F

    You really are grasping

  • Neigh Sayer

    At this time I’m not getting into the he deserves it or not thing, but it never seems like all trainers are treated the same. This guy gets an 18 month suspension and $17,500 fine for this. Ron Ellis tested positive for steroids in a BC race, he sits on the board of the TOC. What was his fine and suspension?

    • Olebobbowers

      Perfectly stated NS! It’s been almost a year and ellis case hasn’t been ruled on. That’s just freaken wrong!

      • ben

        The Ellis case, will be pushed under the carpet. The are too much parties involved with stakes in the buiss . Or there will be an agreement after yrs, could also be an settlement without letting the public know.

  • Nytex

    So I told my wife the reason I went to the track is because I went to visit my friend with Parkinson’s disease and some of his Abilify which causes compulsive gambling, flaked off on my hands and it must have got into my system.

    • longtimehorsewoman

      LOL!

    • Fairy Gold

      Hahahah! Now that’s it! You must be a defense attorney, representing those unjustly accused trainers. You are on the right Track. How did things turn out for you with the Judge, wife? Maybe temporary insanity might be a better defense for Abilify. “The Abilify Defense.”

      • Nytex

        The late night call to tell her not to pay the ransom because I escaped tipped the scale to her side, that case is closed.

  • Eric

    Point Taken!

  • Always Curious

    I asked my pharmacist if Viagra could rub off from someone who handles a pill. “No it will not.” So there goes the accidental contamination excuse out the window. I said I was asking because a horse tested positive for it. He laughed a lot and said it would take an enormous amount of the drug to ever effect a horse. I got the award for the strangest question of the day! But they know me, so they were not surprised. HeeHaww If that horse had Viagra in his system, Someone put it there. Some people would think it is a waste of the drug. Sorry I can’t help myself! LOL

  • Shasta Sam

    I only wish they would worry a bit less about a trainer who wins at a rate of 4% like Mudaris and spend their time watching and worrying about Jonathan Wong who, inexplicably, wins at 30+% and is a proven cheater having served a recent suspension at Parx. Meanwhile, in his normal fashion, his horses explode in the stretch at Fresno and he’s winning at a crazy rate.

  • ridingtowin

    Owning/operating a ‘Gentleman’s Club’ takes a certain type of shady individual.

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