Veterinarian Kristian Rhein To Change Plea In Federal Doping Case

Kristian Rhein, a veterinarian formerly operating out of Belmont Park who was among the 27 individuals indicted in the March 2020 racehorse doping scandal involving Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro, has been granted a change-of-plea hearing on Aug. 3, according to the Thoroughbred Daily News. Rhein originally entered a plea of “not guilty,” and is expected to alter that plea.

The indictment maintains the group was involved in “a corrupt scheme to manufacture, create, purchase, distribute, transport, sell and administer a wide variety of misbranded and adulterated PEDs.”

Rhein, drug distributor Michael Kegley, Jr., Dr. Alexander Chan, assistant trainer Henry Argueta, and Navarro are named together on a charge of drug adulteration and misbranding related to the use of SGF-1000.

On July 23, Kegley entered a guilty plea to one count of drug adulteration and misbranding in United States District Court (Southern District of New York) as part of a plea bargain agreement.

According to the original indictment, Kegley sold SGF-1000 to Rhein, and federal prosecutors have Rhein on tape bragging about selling “assloads” of the illegal performance-enhancing drug.

Read more at the Thoroughbred Daily News.

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