Indicted Trainers See Horses Scratched; CHRB Launches Own Investigation - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Indicted Trainers See Horses Scratched; CHRB Launches Own Investigation

Trainer Jorge Navarro.

Following the shocking federal indictment Monday of 27 individuals, including several trainers, on charges related to performance-enhancing drugs in racing, racetrack and commission officials are beginning to mount a response.

Four horses from the barn of Marcos Zulueta who were entered at Parx on Monday were scratched; at least three of the scratches coming after the race day had begun.

The Daily Racing form's Mike Welsch tweeted Monday afternoon that Stronach Group officials told him entries from Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis entered at Gulfstream for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday would be scratched.

Zulueta, Servis, and Navarro were indicted on charges of drug misbranding and adulteration and accused by federal authorities of procuring and administering performance-enhancing drugs, including blood doping agents and other substances. Zulueta is accused of supplying drugs to Navarro. More information about the charges, including links to the indictments, can be found here.

A spokesman for the New Jersey Racing Commission, which oversees the home base of several of the trainers, assistants, and veterinarians named in the indictment, declined comment when asked what actions it would be taken in light of the information.

The California Horse Racing Board has launched its own investigation and could not comment further on the matter, per spokesman Mike Marten.

This story is developing and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

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