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Report: Blasi Approved for Kentucky Racing License

In a meeting held Jan. 28, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission approved the request of Scott Blasi to be licensed as an assistant trainer in the state. According to a report in the Blood-Horse, the KHRC License Review Committee unanimously approved Blasi’s request. Blasi, a longtime assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, did not work in […]

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Chapa Summarily Suspended in Texas, Pending Investigation

Jockey Roman Chapa, whose career has been interrupted twice for carrying an illegal device used to stimulate horses, has been summarily suspended by Texas Racing Commission stewards investigating his ride aboard Quiet Acceleration, winner of the $50,000 Richard King Stakes on Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston. A photograph of the finish – taken […]

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Kentucky Commission Will Take No Action Against Asmussen

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will take no action against trainer Steve Asmussen or his assistant Scott Blasi based on accusations made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, according to a report released Thursday. The report concluded a months-long investigation prompted by an undercover video released by PETA in March 2014, which PETA […]

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Report: Kentucky Officials to Review Asmussen Report Thursday

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission officials expect to have the results of a months-long investigation into trainer Steve Asmussen this week, according to a Daily Racing Form report. The investigation launched in March 2014 after People for Ethical Treatment of Animals released a 9.5-minute video showing what PETA claimed was evidence of numerous rules violations and mistreatment of […]

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Rees: ‘Let Voters Decide’ if Asmussen Worthy of Hall of Fame

Earlier this week it was announced that trainer Steve Asmussen’s name would not be on the ballot for voting for the 2015 Hall of Fame. This is the second year that a possible nomination for Asmussen was tabled; his name was pulled from the ballot last year after an investigation was launched following a video […]

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Report: Asmussen Not on 2015 Hall of Fame Ballot

Trainer Steve Asmussen’s name will not be on the ballot for this year’s Hall of Fame, pending the outcome of investigations by racing authorities in Kentucky and New York, according to the Daily Racing Form. Asmussen was on the original final ballot in 2014, but had his status “tabled” after an investigation was launched following […]

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Paulick Report, Joe Clancy Earn Nominations for Bergstein Award

Team Valor International has nominated two stories for the 2014 Stan Bergstein Writing Award, a month before the publication deadline for candidates to be considered. Ray Paulick’s piece on the impetus for new rules to combat cheating at Ruidoso Downs is the Paulick Report publisher’s third nomination this year and is a fitting candidate for […]

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Scott Blasi, Central Figure in PETA Video, Returns to Work for Asmussen

Scott Blasi, the assistant trainer who was fired from Steve Asmussen’s barn following an undercover PETA video, returned to work for Asmussen Tuesday, the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening reported. Blasi was let go in March after the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a nine-minute video compiled from footage shot by a PETA employee […]

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Davidowitz: Triple Crown Shifts Racing’s Focus From Negative to Positive

Just as the Triple Crown season was beginning to heat up, PETA released a video unveiling the undercover workings of the barn of Steve Asmussen. This controversy grabbed the sport’s attention for a long while, and there was a negative vibe in the industry going into the week of the Kentucky Derby. But, as Steve […]

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Strawbridge: ‘Racing Is in a State of Denial’

An interview with George Strawbridge, Jr. published on the Thoroughbred Racing Commentary website on May 22 detailed his opinions on the problems in racing and possible solutions to those problems. The 77-year-old owner has had champions in both Europe and America and is very outspoken against horse slaughter and race-day medications. He is also a […]

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