Track boss condemns cheaters amid horse racing scandal

Horse racing at Monmouth Park Racetrack will be much different this summer and it is not because of coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Jul 9, 2020, 3:02 AM

Updated 1,386 days ago

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Horse racing at Monmouth Park Racetrack will be much different this summer and it is not because of coronavirus.
Two top horse trainers are now facing federal charges after the FBI says that they dangerously drugged horses.
Monmouth Park’s opening weekend featured a 107-1 longshot horse winning. In fact, the top three in the race were such underdogs that there was a superfecta bet that returned nearly $26,000. This means that the field is wide open and bettors may find new life.
“It’s exciting to have big payoffs like that. It’s not the typical betting where in the past years…the favorites always win,” says Monmouth Park CEO Dennis Drazin.
One of the reasons for this is that the trainers were cheating, according to federal authorities. Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis are accused of drugging their horses – winning millions over the years.
“I condemn cheating in racing. I wouldn’t tolerate it and by no means is it OK with me,” says Drazin.
But Drazin says that the trainers are entitled to go through the legal process. He testified in Washington a few months ago, and says that the indictment could spur Congress to create laws in which racetracks around the country have to follow the same rules.
On average in 2018, 10 racehorses died in the U.S. per week.
Along with Navarro and Servis, 25 others were indicted for allegedly drugging horses in a widespread scheme to get rich.
The FBI says that the horses were given drugs that allowed them to run unnaturally fast and mask the pain, and that it could lead to their injury or death.
One of these horses is Maximum Security, the horse that won New Jersey’s biggest horse race, the million-dollar Haskell.


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