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Maximum Security trainer among those charged in doping investigation

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 20:49:31-04

(NBC NEWS) — The trainer of Maximum Security was among those charged Monday by the FBI in a wide-ranging investigation into doping in horse racing.

Officials said trainer Jason Servis is accused of doping horses in an effort to cheat. Servis is named alongside trainer Jorge Navarro. Prosecutors say Navarro was the mastermind of the scam.

Last May, Maximum Security won the Kentucky Derby, only to be disqualified for bumping another horse. Maximum Security just won the Saudi Cup in February.

More than two dozen trainers and veterinarians are indicted in total with horses running at multiple tracks including in Kentucky.

"Over the course of the scheme, participants manufactured, purchased, sold, shipped, delivered, received and administered thousands of units" of performance-enhancing drugs, or PEDs, for use on racehorses, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman wrote in charging documents against 19 of 27 defendants.