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Racehorse trainer Jason Servis pleads guilty to doping his horses

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Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Jason Servis pleaded guilty to doping his stable of horses on Friday, including disqualified 2019 Kentucky Derby winner “Maximum Security.”

Maximum Security was disqualified from the Derby for straying off the rail and impeding the progress of other horses, but was also named as a doped animal in Servis’ federal indictment.

“Servis’ conduct represents corruption at the highest levels of the racehorse industry. As a licensed racehorse trainer, Servis was obligated to protect the horses in his care and to abide by racing rules…Servis abdicated his responsibilities to the animals, regulators and the public,” the prosecutor said. American of the Southern District of New York, Damian. Williams said in a statement from his office (USAO-SDNY).

The doping was done with the designer drug SGF-1000, which Servis believed was undetectable by typical drug screens. The charges for the drug on the veterinary bills sent to the owners of the horses were listed as “Acupuncture and Chiropractic”.

Another drug, the prescription drug Clenbuterol, was routinely administered by Servis to horses without a proper prescription in an effort to evade reporting requirements.

Animal welfare advocates applauded the guilty plea and condemned Servis’ actions.

“Jason Servis’ actions and abuse of our iconic American equines has been the worst disgrace American horse racing has ever seen,” Marty Irby, executive director of Animal Wellness Action, told The Associated Press.



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