Twenty-seven people, including Maximum Security trainer, charged in horse-racing doping scheme

Federal prosecutors charged 27 racehorse trainers, veterinarians and drug distributors on Monday in a series of indictments for doping horses, prosecutors in the Southern District of New York announced. 

Jason Servis, the trainer of Maximum Security, was among those charged. The indictment claims that Servis provided performance-enhancing drugs to "virtually all" of his horses from February 2018 to February 2020, which included more than 1,000 races.

The New York Times was the first to report the news.

Maximum Security drew attention in last May's Kentucky Derby when the horse crossed the finish line first but was disqualified for knocking into another horse and impeding its momentum. 

Jason Servis, trainer of Maximum Security, who was disqualified from first place in the Kentucky Derby, stands outside his barn at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey. (Photo: Bill Denver, AP)

According to four separate indictments, the scheme was based on the manufacturing and distribution of adulterated and misbranded drugs that secretly were provided to racehorses "all to the detriment and risk of the health and well-being of the racehorses."

The defendants defrauded and misled regulators "and the betting public," according to the indictment.

The scheme, according to the indictment files, covered races in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio and Kentucky, and also stretched to the United Arab Emirates. 

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