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Italian Police Raid Illegal Horseracing

Wednesday, 1st March 2006

In Europe, Italian "para-military police issued 25 arrest warrants in a crackdown on illegal horseracing in the Naples area & seized Viagra & other drugs intended to make the horses run faster," reported racingpost.co.uk. Carabinieri Colonel Mario Pantano confirmed the suspects "were involved in clandestine races on public racetracks in various places in the Campania region" & noted "they even used Viagra to speed up the horses' heart rates". Pantano added: "There were grandstands set up & betting parlors at the illegal tracks. A great number of people turned out on weekends for the races, probably knowing it was illegal racing." Pantano (head of the Carabinieri office in southern Italy, which deals with doping substances) said the drugs were "also administered to the horses before legal races as well, to improve their performance".

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