Trainers Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro were among 19 defendants who pleaded not guilty Thursday to accusation of illegally doping racehorses.

The arraignment before United States District Judge Mary Kay Vyskocil in New York was done via teleconference because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The defendants were indicted last month on charges of conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and administer adulterated or kombi servisi misbranded performance-enhancing drugs to racehorses.

Navarro pleaded not guilty to two charges and Servis to one charge.

According to the Daily Racing Form, Navarro was on the teleconference with his lawyers, but Servis was represented just by his attorneys.

The trial is unlikely to occur anytime soon, as Assistant United States Attorney Andrew Adams said the evidence discovery period likely will take a minimum of six months.

According to bloodhorse. If you adored this article therefore you would like to get more info with regards to kombi servisi generously visit our web site. com, Adams said the government’s case is «focused on doping and the use of performance-enhancing drugs to win professional horse races in the Thoroughbred and Standardbred industries. It has involved a number of different forms of information-collecting that would include in-person meetings and covertly recorded meetings by confidential sources. It cites a number of wiretaps over a series of phones and in a total span of one year of time.»

Servis has saddled major stakes winners dating back to 2004, but he is best known as the trainer of Maximum Security, the apparent winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby who was later disqualified for interfering with other horses.

Navarro, per, has been the leading trainer at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park seven times, and Kombi Servisi the top trainer at Florida’s Gulfstream Park in 2018-19.

—Field Level Media