New York State Gaming Commission Suspends 11 Licensees Named In Federal Case

The New York State Gaming Commission has suspended 11 licensees named in Monday’s federal indictment for drug adulteration and other charges related to horse doping.

Scott Mangini, Henry Argueta, Dr. Alexander Chan, Rick Dane Jr., Jorge Navarro, Christopher Oakes, Dr. Kristian Rhein, Nicholas Surick, Jason Servis, Michael Tannuzzo, and Conor Flynn were suspended effective immediately on Tuesday and notified that penalties for the actions described in the indictment could include license suspension or revocation and a a fine “not to exceed $25,000 for each incident.” The group, which includes an owner, a groom, assistant trainers, trainers, and veterinarians, was notified that a hearing would be held March 18 in Schenectady, N.Y.

The notices provided to the Paulick Report also state that the commission’s attorney “may advocate” horses who raced in violation of blood doping rules “be disqualified from each such race and from any share of the purse in such races, and such shares shall be redistributed among the remaining horses in the race.”

“These allegations are troubling and go to the heart of horse racing integrity,” said NYSGC spokesman Brad Maione. “Once the Commission became aware of alleged criminal behavior, we promptly contacted the New York State Police and have worked cooperatively since. Racing has no room for those who seek to manipulate outcomes at the expense of the wagering public and the health of the equine athlete. We trust that any proven allegation will be dealt with severely.”

The news comes on the heels of several prominent owners publicly announcing they will remove horses from the barns of Jorge Navarro and Jason Servis, who were named in Monday’s indictment by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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