Jason Servis

View From The Eighth Pole: With Doping Scandal, Racing Itself Will Be On Trial

Innocent until proven guilty. That mantra is at the heart of the American criminal justice system, whether we’re talking about someone holding a smoking gun while standing over a dead body or a Thoroughbred trainer caught on an FBI wiretap about “pumping and pumping and fuming every f—ing horse (that) runs today.” So there is […]

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19 Defendants Enter Not Guilty Pleas in Doping Scandal; Government Outlines ‘Voluminous’ Evidence

Thoroughbred trainers Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro were among 19 defendants in a Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing doping scandal who pleaded not guilty on federal charges in an arraignment and initial pre-trial conference conducted telephonically on Thursday by District Court Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil in the Southern District of New York. The defendants – trainers, […]

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Arraignment For Navarro, Servis, And Others Set For Teleconference April 2

Several of the defendants in a federal case focusing on drug misbranding and the doping of racehorses will be arraigned via teleconference later this week. The defendants scheduled to be arraigned include Jorge Navarro, Erica Garcia, Marcos Zulueta, Michael Tannuzzo, Gregory Skelton, Ross Cohen, Seth Fishman, Lisa Giannelli, Jordan Fishman, Rick Dane Jr., Christopher Oakes, […]

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Arraignments For Servis And Navarro Delayed Due To COVID-19

The court appearances that had been scheduled for today for indicted trainers Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis have been postponed indefinitely, according to a report from The Blood-Horse. The postponement came after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put the state in lockdown mode beginning Sunday night due to COVID-19. The trainers, along with more than […]

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Report: COVID-19 Pushes Back Several Doping Arraignments

Arraignments for several defendants facing federal charges related to their role in racehorse doping rings have been pushed back due to health concerns about COVID-19, according to The Blood-Horse. A conference originally scheduled for March 17 on the indictment that includes Louis Grasso, Donato Poliseno, Thomas Guido III, and Conor Flynn was pushed back to […]

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Navarro, Servis Plan To Plead Not Guilty To Federal Charges

A report in the Asbury Park Press on Tuesday indicated that lawyers for Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis plan to plead not guilty to the federal doping charges brought against the trainers last week. Both trainers are charged with misbranding conspiracy, Servis with one count and Navarro with two counts. According to the report, Navarro and […]

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Florida Trainer Alfredo Lichoa Among Five Charged By Feds In Money-Laundering Scheme

A money-laundering investigation conducted by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York – the same agency that charged trainers Jason Servis, Jorge Navarro and 27 others in an illegal racehorse doping scheme  last week – has led to the arrest of five men, including Venezuela native Alfredo Lichoa, a longtime Central Florida […]

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Owner Gary West: Maximum Security To Undergo Thorough Medical Examination, New Round Of Drug Tests

The following statement was provided by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Gary West, who bred and co-owns Maximum Security, Eclipse Award champion 3-year-old male of 2019 whose victory in the world’s richest race, the $20-million Saudi Cup, was followed nine days later by a federal indictment alleging illegal doping by trainer Jason Servis and others. After […]

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NYRA: More Than 50 Horses With Indicted Trainers Have Been Transferred

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) applauds and supports the actions taken by the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) to suspend the licenses of 12 horsemen named in Monday’s indictments by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  On Tuesday, the NYSGC suspended the licenses of the following individuals named […]

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