27 charged over drug­ging race­horses

Pretoria News - - WORLD - |

NEW YORK: US prose­cu­tors yes­ter­day said 27 train­ers, vets and others had been crim­i­nally charged in a wide-rang­ing scheme to drug horses and cheat peo­ple who bet in the $100 bil­lion (R1.5tril­lion) pro­fes­sional horse-rac­ing in­dus­try.

Among those charged was Ja­son Servis, trainer of Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity, one of the world’s best race­horses. Prose­cu­tors ac­cused him of covertly ad­min­is­ter­ing per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs “to vir­tu­ally all of the race­horses un­der his con­trol”.

Max­i­mum Se­cu­rity won the 2019 Ken­tucky Derby be­fore be­ing dis­qual­i­fied for in­ter­fer­ence.

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