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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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Asmussen on ‘Real Sports’: I’m Not Somebody ‘That Cuts Corners’

The highly-regarded HBO show, Real Sports, tackled the issue of medication and breakdowns in racehorses in the debut of its May, 2014 edition Tuesday night. Reporter Bernard Goldberg interviewed several figures in the Thoroughbred racing industry, including veterinarians Kate Papp and Mary Scollay and both trainer Steve Asmussen and his former assistant Scott Blasi, the […]

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Donnally: The Story of ‘Electric Jockeys’ and How to Rid the Sport of Them

Rev. Eddie Donnally is a former jockey and now an ordained minister. He is author of “Ride the White Horse: A Checkered Jockey’s Story of Racing, Rage and Redemption” as well as a former racing writer for the Dallas Morning News. It’s the day before Seattle Slew will win the Kentucky Derby and start his successful […]

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Asmussen Triumphs in Oaks Despite Controversy

In a blog for ESPN, Bob Ehalt wrote about the aftermath of trainer Steve Asmussen’s win with top three year-old filly Untapable in Friday’s Grade 1 Longines Kentucky Oaks. Asmussen was the subject of a PETA undercover investigation into the running of his barn, the condensed results of which were released in a video several […]

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Asmussen to NBC: PETA Allegations ‘Horribly Misleading and False’

In an interview released Friday with NBC’s Bob Costas, trainer Steve Asmussen addressed the accusations that came out of an undercover investigation of his barn by PETA. “If you read the complaint [filed by PETA with New York and Kentucky regulators], there is not one actual rule violation,” said Asmussen, who referred to PETA’s publicly-stated […]

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

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 […]

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Asmussen to Phipps: Call Me

The following comments come from Clark Brewster, a horse owner and attorney for Steve Asmussen, who is under investigation in three states after complaints were filed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which conducted an undercover investigation of the Eclipse Award-winning trainer’s operation in Kentucky and New York in 2013. Hours earlier, Ogden […]

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Lessons From SeaWorld: Perceptions Can Be a Killer

Horseracing has company. SeaWorld officials are under the microscope because of a film released in 2013 alleging cruelty to the orca whales that for decades have been entertaining tourists at the company’s theme parks in Florida, Texas and California. Defenders of SeaWorld say the film was spliced together carefully to serve an agenda, that the […]

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