Janney: ‘I Have No Doubt’ More Arrests Coming In Connection With Federal Investigation

In his remarks concluding the very first digital edition of the Jockey Club Round Table on Matters Pertaining To Racing, Stuart S. Janney III indicated there are likely more arrests to come in connection with doping in horse racing.

Janney, who is chairman of The Jockey Club, cited a working relationship between the organization and 5 Stones Intelligence that goes back to 2015, when The Jockey Club first became suspicious about the prevalence of doping and other illegal activities in racing.

“In a short time they proved to our satisfaction that our worst fears were correct,” Janney said.

Janney indicated 5 Stones has worked with a number of federal agencies, particularly the FBI, to turn over gathered evidence. He hinted that COVID-19 may have slowed down the process on any forthcoming arrests and indictments, as the pandemic has made it more difficult to assemble grand juries, conduct investigations, and to figure out the safest way for law enforcement to make arrests.

“I have no doubt there are many arrests pending,” he said. “Fortunately they will happen, just not as soon as we would like.”

In addition to rapid innovation in the creation of performance-enhancing drugs and the struggle of testing laboratories to keep pace, Janney said the sport’s business model has shifted in a way that incentivizes criminal behavior. Purse money is higher than it once was, wagering has become more diverse and less transparent, and there are more opportunities for huge increases in bloodstock values based on a horse’s racing resume.

Janney called upon the harness and Quarter Horse racing industries to join together with The Jockey Club in its efforts to put a stop to cheating through the 5 Stones investigations and through the support of the Horseracing Integrity Act. He also singled out the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), which he noted had been “absent for far too long” from such discussions.

“It seems like too many racetrack vets feel it’s ok to seek a competitive advantage for their clients,” he said. “They also realize they can bring home huge profits by supplying and administering illegal drugs. Previously, they may have felt safe from prosecution, but the current indictments say otherwise.”

Janney suggested announcements would be forthcoming about the status of the federal legislation.

Janney’s remarks came at the conclusion of a Round Table that included discussions about diversity in horse racing, medication reform, doping in cycling, and changes to the claiming game.

You can find the agenda for the Round Table at this link and watch the proceedings in full below.

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