Buzzer Use Troubling Element of PETA Allegations

by | 03.27.2014 | 2:39pm
Ricardo Santana, Jr.

Much has been written in the seven days since the New York Times published its article on PETA's four-month undercover investigation of trainer Steve Asmussen's stable. The investigation brought forth state and federal complaints alleging animal cruelty against Asmussen and his chief assistant, Scott Blasi.

The investigation also brought up allegations of a leading jockey using an illegal electrical stimulating device – called a buzzer or machine – in races. In the PETA video, Blasi is heard suggesting that rider Ricardo Santana Jr., may have carried such a device in some races. Santana's agent, has denied such charges.

In his latest report for the Times, Joe Drape delves into the alleged use of buzzers over the years in racing, in what he describes as “part of the sport's seamier lore.”

Read more in the New York Times

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