Report: Hollywood Producer Simon ‘Secretly Rescues’ Thoroughbred Seen in PETA Video

by | 05.02.2014 | 10:22am
Trainer Steve Asmussen and assistant Scott Blasi at Pimlico

Longtime Hollywood producer Sam Simon, who has been behind such television shows as “Cheers”, “The Simpsons”, and “The Drew Carey Show” quietly purchased a Thoroughbred that animal rights advocates claim was at risk of “catastrophic injury”, according to a report by NBC News.

Simon, who has been diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, has decided to give away most of his fortune before he dies. Simon privately purchased the 5-year-old horse Valediction for $60,000 from trainer Rudy Rodriguez's barn using a 'front man' from PETA. Valediction was one of the horses featured in the undercover video filmed by PETA during an investigation of trainer Steve Asmussen.

Simon told NBC, “When you watch them talk about Valediction as a rat (in the video) and now you know he's a in a pasture someplace, it makes you feel good.”

Read more at NBC News.com

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