Could PETA’s Undercover Investigation Make Racing More Popular?

by | 04.05.2014 | 10:09am
Trainer Steve Asmussen and assistant Scott Blasi at Pimlico

On Friday, Bleacher Report posed the question of whether racing would thrive or sink under the weight of PETA's investigation into the barn of champion trainer Steve Asmussen. Several repercussions have already come out of this issue – Scott Blasi, longtime assistant trainer for the barn, was fired after being captured on hidden camera saying less than tasteful things, and popular owner Ahmed Zayat moved 12 horses away from Asmussen's barn into the hands of several other trainers.

To gauge the response from the industry going forward, Bleacher Report sat down with three personalities from the Sport of Kings – TwinSpires writer Derek Simon, notable horseplayer Tony Kost, and New York jockey Maylan Studart. All of them stress the need to move forward going out of this investigation, and to not just stick with the status quo.

Will horse racing take a step in the right direction after this blow to the inside? Read the full story at Bleacher Report.

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