Report: New York Completes PETA Investigation

by | 01.26.2015 | 5:59pm

At a New York Gaming Commission meeting on Monday, equine medical director Dr. Scott Palmer revealed that New York officials have completed their investigation into accusations of rules violations by trainer Steve Asmussen.

Palmer said that commission officials had examined eight hours of videotape and hundreds of pages of notes provided by PETA, which made headlines last year with an undercover investigation into Asmussen's barn. The commission staff would review a report of the commission's investigation, which Palmer expected would be complete shortly. Palmer did not provide a timeline on the public release of the commission's report.

In a nine-and-a-half-minute video released last spring, PETA claimed that the trainer and his employees were guilty of mistreatment of horses, using undocumented labor, and alleged that other participants in the barn were aware of buzzer use on horses during the investigator's time in New York and Kentucky. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission recently closed its investigation into the accusations, having found no evidence of mistreatment or rules violations in the barn. The Kentucky commission said PETA refused to give up more than 30 minutes of edited video despite repeated requests.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form

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