American sports were shocked by the news that 27 horse racing coaches, veterinarians and support staff were charged with building a complex horse racing doping process to cheat the gamblers.
A statement issued by the Justice Department on Tuesday said the defendants, including top coach Jason Servis, who controlled the championship horse, Maximum Security, participated in a plan designed to cheat gamblers and rob profits from the $ 100 billion horse racing industry.
Prosecutors said investigators uncovered evidence of cruel and inhumane treatment of 27 horses accused of fraud. An indictment said that Servis, who coached Maximum Racing, finished first in the Kentucky Derby last year and was subsequently disqualified, possessed performance-enhancing drugs for all racing horses under his control.
Maximum Security won $ 10 million from the Saudi Cup opening race last month. This is the richest horse race in the world in Saudi Arabia.
Today, the disclosure of four indictments about the horse doping scandal is the largest ever prosecution by the Ministry of Justice. The defendants who participated in and committed these acts were not for the love of sport, and certainly not for the concern of horses, but for money. The horses themselves paid for the greed of the defendants.
According to AFP, the four indictments announced on Tuesday included a series of offenses and detailed drugs that were mixed and misbranded in an effort to improve horse racing performance. William F. Sweeney, assistant director of the FBI office in New York, said the substances supplied to horses made them run faster than allowed by nature but increased the risk of injury. What actually happened to these horses was none other than abuse. They have experienced heart problems, overworked lead to broken legs, increased risk of injury and in some cases death.
Doping abusive race horses have earned a great deal of money at races in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio, Kentucky (USA) and the UAE. One of the 27 accused, coach Jorge Navarro, is said to have trained and cheated doping with XY Jet, a thoroughbred horse that won the 2019 Golden Shaheen race in Dubai. XY Jet after taking performance boosters died in January due to a heart problem.