Ahead Of Trial Alongside Servis, Chan Requests Hearing To Change Plea In Federal Case - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Ahead Of Trial Alongside Servis, Chan Requests Hearing To Change Plea In Federal Case

Veterinarian Dr. Alexander Chan, who was set to go to trial next month alongside former trainer Jason Servis, will likely enter a guilty plea next week to federal charges related to racehorse doping.

A scheduling order was entered in Chan's file on Dec. 1 indicating that he will change his not guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil on Dec. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

Chan had been facing three federal counts relating to the adulteration and misbranding of drugs in connection with his alleged involvement in doping racehorses trained by Servis.

The trial for the pair is slated to begin Jan. 9 in New York.

There were no updates in the public version of Servis' case file suggesting that a change of plea hearing was forthcoming for him as of this writing. Servis will be the last of the co-defendants on his indictment from March 2020 who has not entered a guilty plea, taken deferred prosecution, or been found guilty at trial.

Chan spent time as a regulatory veterinarian for NYRA before going into private practice on the backstretch. He worked for Servis, as did veterinarian Dr. Kristian Rhein, who entered a guilty plea to one felony count and received three years in prison. Rhein implicated Chan at his own plea hearing.

Chan allegedly injected horses with adulterated and misbranded drugs for Servis and altered veterinary records to hide those injections. In wire taps connected to the case, Servis indicated he was using SGF-1000 an almost all of his horses, including Grade 1 winner Maximum Security.

Read our prior reporting about SGF-1000 here and here.

UPDATE: After publication of this story, a document entered in Servis' file indicated he is in discussions with prosecutors to potentially enter a guilty plea.

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