Trainers and vets charged in horse drugging scheme

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(WEHT)- The trainer of racehorse Maximum Security is among more than two dozen people charged with drugging horses to make them race faster.

According to an indictment, the illegal doping scheme covered races in Kentucky, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Ohio and even stretched overseas.

Horse trainers, veterinarians, and drug distributors are accused of misleading government agencies by disguising banned drugs with misleading labels.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey S. Berman says,

“This is the most far-reaching prosecution of racehorse doping in the history of the Department of Justice. The defendants who we charged today engaged in this conduct, not for the love of the sport, and certainly not out of care for the horses, but for money.”

They didn’t say how many horses died because of that scheme.

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(This story was originally published on March 9, 2020)

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