While athletes doping is pretty common nowadays, especially during the Olympics. While athletes doping is nothing but a regular news headline, horse doping, on the other hand, is a much-concerned form of doping as it seems to harm ethical as well as physical violations. More than two dozen people involved in the conspiracy have been indicted for taking part in the scheme where racehorses were injected with performing-enhancing drugs to help them gain an edge in races all over the world.
One of the accused is trainer Jason Servis who prosecutors have quoted, “doped virtually under his control.” The atrocities were even confined to the stables of Maximum Security who were responsible for putting last year Kentucky’s Derby across the finishing line. However, they were later disqualified on scopes of interference. Notably, last month Maximum Security won $10 million in the inaugural Saudi Cup hosted last month.
The 27 accused include horse trainers, veterinarians, and drug distributors. “These defendants engaged in this conduct, not for the love of the sport, and certainly not out of concern for the horses, but for money,” US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman said in a news release. “And it was the racehorses that paid the price for the defendants’ greed.”
What’s interesting is the fact that the horses targeted are the most prominent horses in the business, such as XY Jet. Jorge Navarro, the trainer of XY Jet won the 2019 Golden Shaheen race in Dubai with a prize of $1.5 million. Unfortunately, he died in January 2020 of an apparent heart attack. The types of drugs that were given to horses were meant to “increase their performance beyond their natural abilities,” said William Sweeney Jr., the assistant director in charge of the FBI ‘s New York office.
The FBI started this investigation two years ago with results bearing fruits after a substantial amount of time.