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

by | 10.10.2017 | 10:53am

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

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