Anyone tethered to Thoroughbred racing knows what happened this morning as a result of an 11 AM news conference held by the Southern District of New York. And it had nothing to do with Donald Trump’ state taxes.
This was supposed to be the day to catch up with the great racing this past weekend beyond the Kentucky Derby preps, as was promised yesterday, and a short overview of the three-year division.
But when my Twitter feed blew up at 9 am, all perspective changed. How much it has changed is still ruminating.
At this writing I have not read past page 39 of the 44-page SDNY indictment and, absent that, I’m still processing what I’ve heard, read, researched or learned thus far from the report and trusted HRI industry contacts.
I know what I think I know but don’t know what I don’t know. I don’t even know how I feel at this moment. Disgusted? Sure. Confused? Obviously. Angry? You bet.
I need to finish the report, digest it all and collate, but this much is, at once, alleged yet crystal clear.
Maximum Security, widely held as the best dirt horse in the world, is a fraud, “a juice horse,”and his trainer, Jason Servis, is a massive cheat which, if allegations prove true, is felony grand theft beyond all proportion.
Further, it is also alleged that Servis conspired with and prolific winner, trainer Jorge Navarro, to house designer drugs which both used liberally, in Navarro’s case resulted in the death of prolific sprint winner X Y Jet, the victim of a heart attack.
What we’re talking about here is not sign stealing. And there are no deflated footballs involved. Once resolved, this problem will manifest itself in one of of two ways:
Either Thoroughbred rules and regulations will be set by the federal government, working in concert with the racing industry, or betting on horse races no longer will exist.