The Italian Almanac
Italian News - May 17
Horses injected with the male impotency drug Viagra were used in illegal races organised near the southern Italian city of Naples. Italian police seized 80 horses and a supply of drugs used to dope up the animals and closed the race track at Marigliano, which was constructed without permission from local authorities.
Investigators issued dozens of search warrants among owners, drivers, trainers, veterinarians and pharmacists suspected of illegal drug sales. At the unauthorised race track, authorities found thousands of doses of drugs, race horses without any documentation, and nearly €1500 in cash from betting.
According to investigators, the drug Viagra improves the horse's cardio-respiratory functions and its performance when competing in races.