27 INDICTED IN THOROUGHBRED DOPING SCHEME.
By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis CPP
Freelance Writer and Author
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March 24, 2020
NEW JERSEY HORSE TRAINERS, AMONG (27) CHARGED IN WIDESPREAD DOPING SCANDAL.
It’s not often, a premonition of the future becomes reality but, in this case, it actually has and it’s more sinister than you think. For years, the Thoroughbred racing industry has vehemently denied and sidestepped the widespread use of Illegal Drugs, Home Brewed Cocktails, and Sports Enhancement Medication use, among trainers. Notwithstanding, the Thoroughbred Racing Industry has downplayed, or sidestepped the fact these gross violations of the law are are not only crippling young Thoroughbred Race Horses, it’s also crippling the horse racing industry.
However, when reality slaps you in the face, in the form of (27) Federal Indictments, alleging a widespread “horse doping scandal” among prominent East Coast Thoroughbred Trainers and Veterinarians it’s virtually impossible to sidestep and explain away this “Hot Iron Branding,” of criminal wrong doing. In a scathing article, by STEPHEN EDELSON of the ASBURY PARK PRESS, March 10, 2020 at 11:04AM; CDT, EDELSON’S article: “Exposes the dark underbelly,” of the Sport of Kings and the Thoroughbred racing industry, by shedding light on the flagrant and existing use of horse doping within the Thoroughbred Horse Racing industry.”
According to the article: More than two dozen trainers, veterinarians and others in horse racing competing at Monmouth Park and tracks in New York, Kentucky, Florida and Ohio have been charged for allegedly doping horses, authorities said Monday. Federal Prosecutors in New York City said among the (27) charged are Monmouth Park’s leading trainer, Jorge Navarro, and another high-profile trainer, Eatontown resident; Jason Servis. Both were indicted on a count of conspiracy of drug adulteration and misbranding. To read the entire well written and very enlightening article as well as the Federal Indictments, please click on the following link:
However, to the experienced eye, a criminal investigator, or a (Risk Analyst) there’s a more sinister (Risk Analysis Conclusion) being articulated within the pages of these Federal Indictments; a conclusion suggesting a single component identity as a prevalent happening being committed on the industry as well as the precursor and contributing factor, in the early demise of young Thoroughbred athlete’s racing career. A single component so powerful and common place that its been documented and used by race horse trainers throughout the centuries to augment the physiological structure and makeup of a race horse, in order, “TO CHEAT” and win a horse race, by “FRAUD AND DECEIT.” More specifically, that single component is Horse Doping. Further, the “Single Component List” wouldn’t be complete without adding Illegal Drugs, Home Brewed Cocktails, and today’s Sports Enhancing Medicine Supplementation to the chemical list.
Additionally, these cheats, conspirators, and saboteurs of honesty and fair play are historically recorded in the annals of time and memorial; or simply, since horse racing began. Illegal Drugs, Home Brewed Cocktails, and Prohibited Sports Enhancing Medications Supplementations are the precursors the unscrupulous race horse trainer uses to cheat to win a horse race and to defraud the betting public. It’s also one of the components which leaves the young race horse athlete with a career ending injury. If the horse isn’t euthanized on the track, the survivors ending up in the horse slaughter pipelines as discarded (dumped) owner and trainer baggage.
However, “Illegal Drugs, Home Brewed Cocktails, and Sports Enhancing Medication Supplementation” aren’t the only component being passed down through the generations at race horse training barns.” Unfortunately, for the Thoroughbred Race Horse: “Greed, bad moral character, irresponsibility, narcissism, and a criminal mindset are other components one must factor into the equation to derive a (Risk Analysis Conclusion); as to “WHY” race horses keep dying on the Thoroughbred Race tracks.
Moreover, today is no different than yesterday; the use of illegal drugs as well as the foregoing items are very prevalent during training and regularly used on race day. The failed drug test results proves this fact of reality. Further, the foregoing article and the Federal Indictments reinforces this proven fact. Try as they may to disguise this fact of reality; at the end of the day, the outcome remains the same: “Illegal Drugs, Home Brewed Cocktails and Sports Enhancing Medication Supplementation are an integral part of Thoroughbred horse racing industry.” As a result of humanities pursuit of “MORE MONEY;” it leads to Thoroughbred Race Horses being subjected to animal cruelty and abuse and in some cases: “DEATH BY EUTHANASIA.”
Further, an authentic (Risk Analysis Conclusion) is realized: The crippling of Thoroughbred Race Horses continues, Thoroughbred Race Horses continue to die and the betting public is still being defrauded and fleeced out of their money, in the 21st Century.
Additionally, after an “on-the-track death,” and more often times than not, the Thoroughbred Horse Racing industry provides a very meticulously well crafted press release to explain away the catastrophic break down of young Thoroughbred Race Horses, on race day, without really explaining anything but a hypothetical theory of suggested causative factors without conclusion; while dancing around the illegal drug use factor as if it were a hot bed of coals the orator has to walk on. More specifically, the “Powers-That-Be” state: “WE’RE INVESTIGATING.”
In realityI, it doesn’t matter how many times a horse race track changes its dirt; the tracks dirt and racing surface isn’t going to change the outcome of a Thoroughbred Horse Race or a horses life, for that matter, until the Thoroughbred Horse Racing industry comes to grips with the horse doping problems plaguing the industry and devises a plan to completely eliminate the use of Illegal Drugs, Home Brewed Cocktails, and Sports Enhancing Medication Supplementation, during training, and on race day. Further, the Thoroughbred Race Horse industry must stop coddling and protecting industry icons which are nothing more than common criminals using these items to rig horse races and cripple horses, during training, and on race day.
Further, there should be a Thoroughbred Race Horse “Bill of Rights” stipulating: “A Race Horse is born free of drugs; therefore the horse should be allowed to grow and mature without the use of “Illegal Drugs, Home Brewed Cocktails and Sports Enhancing Medications,” allowed to train and race drug free, and retire drug free.
While growing up in Alabama, the elders of my family had a saying about this “hocus pocus” and fairy tales the Thoroughbred Racing Industry imparts on the general public to explain away a myriad untimely Thoroughbred Race Horse deaths: “Don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining outside!” Track surface conditions, changing dirt and endless investigations without conclusion only go so far; then they become an intoxicating insult to the intelligence of a rational thinking person. The “Powers-That-Be,” the trainers, and veterinarians know it’s being done, the general public knows its being done, and science, via, continuing Drug Test Positives, along with Federal Indictments proves it’s being done.
A particular item of interest the general public’s never allowed to learn; is the post mortem toxicology report and results. It’s this specific laboratory test result which tells the tale of whether or not “Illegal Drugs, Home Brewed Cocktails, or Sports Enhancing Medication Supplementations” were prevalent in the horses system prior to its death. Additionally, the toxicology reports also leads a forensic investigator to a scientific (Forensic Risk Analysis Conclusion) as to: whether or not: “Illegal Drugs, Home Brewed Cocktails, or Sports Enhancing Medication Supplementations” are the single contributing factor or one of the mitigating factors contributing to the accident as well as the death of the horse.
In simple layman’s terminology; it’s referred to as: “Forensic Science Accident Reconstruction.” Obviously, a fact of forensic science and criminal investigative procedures the “Powers-That-Be,” in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry, have little knowledge of, or very little interest in. It’s probably time to to take a pro active stance against animal cruelty and abuse in the Thoroughbred Racing Industry as well as the criminal trainers and veterinarians inflicting these crimes against humanity and the horse in their illegal pursuit of glory and money on the the Thoroughbred Race Horse tracks around the world. When caught, a life expulsion from the industry would be a good place to start. Another good place to start are criminal indictments with lengthy prison sentences, for the violators, when their found guilty of these heinous crimes.
If the Thoroughbred Racing Industry really desires to put an end to the “Illegal Drug, Home Brewed Cocktail, and Sports Enhancing Medication Supplementation use; lets drug test every horse, at the end of every race, for a while and determine who the villains and survivors are.
“UNTIL NEXT TIME, KEEP EM BETWEEN THE BRIDLE”