By Nicholas Godfrey
USA: Maximum Security, the number one racehorse in America, is to join Bob Baffert’s barn in the wake of the alleged doping scandal surrounding the Saudi Cup winner’s original trainer Jason Servis.
Owner Gary West issued a statement about his plans in the wake of the federal indictments against Servis, his fellow trainer Jorge Navarro and 25 others levelling charges related to performance-enhancing drugs.
”Yesterday, Jason Servis, a trainer we have used for five years, was indicted on multiple charges regarding using an illegal substance in horses,” said West in his statement, which was emailed to the Paulick Report in the US.
“This news is extremely disturbing and disappointing. Therefore we will be moving all our horses from Jason Servis as soon as arrangements can be made with other trainers. Maximum Security will be sent to Bob Baffert.”
Together with his wife Mary, West bred and now co-owns Maximum Security in a partnership with Coolmore; the four-year-old carried the colours of Michael Tabor for the first time in winning the world’s richest race, the $20 million Saudi Cup, in Riyadh on February 29.
Among a multitude of other allegations, a 44-page grand jury indictment of Servis and others alleged Maximum Security was given the illegal performance-enhancing growth substance SGF-1000 prior to running second in the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park in June last year on his return to action following his controversial disqualification in the Kentucky Derby.
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