ERA Media Release


The Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) are aware of recent developments from the United States of America regarding the indictments of racing participants on alleged doping offences and the reported guilty plea to a charge laid against Trainer Mr. Jorge Navarro by the Department of Justice, U.S Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York.

As a result of the initial report from March 2020, the ERA Stewards commenced an investigation which remains ongoing into the 2019 Dubai Golden Shaheen winner X Y JET (USA) trained by Mr. Jorge Navarro. All samples taken from X Y JET (USA) both on arrival in the United Arab Emirates and from the Dubai World Cup race-meeting itself, which included a pre-race plasma sample and a post-race urine sample, have been analysed by a NATA accredited laboratory, the Central Veterinary Research Laboraotry (CVRL) for drug administration, with the results showing no irregularities detected. The ERA will endeavour to work with the US Authorities to continue their investigation into the matter.

The ERA Rules of Racing require Trainers to present their horse for racing drug free. The ERA takes its reputation as a leading racing authority seriously, striving to protect its participants from corrupt activity.