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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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Davidowitz: ‘Steve Asmussen Should Not Run a Horse in This Year’s Kentucky Derby’

In a column for ESPN on April 5, Steve Davidowitz expressed his feelings on Steve Asmussen and the storm that has surrounded him every day since PETA unleashed their video weapon. “A win [in the Kentucky Derby] could put even more negative spin on the situation than already has unfolded,” writes Davidowitz, and we’re left […]

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Could PETA’s Undercover Investigation Make Racing More Popular?

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 […]

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IFHA Issues Statement in Support of Jockey Club Effort

The Chairman of the International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA), Mr. Louis Romanet, has issued the following statement on behalf of the Federation regarding animal cruelty allegations which have been recently aired in connection with US racing: Animal welfare is a core value of the IFHA. The IFHA’s Code of global industry standards states […]

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Phipps: ‘Enough Is Enough’

Following the allegations raised by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and reported on March 20, 2014, by The New York Times, many of us in the Thoroughbred industry are eagerly awaiting the final determination of these issues by the New York State Gaming Commission and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. It is […]

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Buzzer Use Troubling Element of PETA Allegations

Much has been written in the seven days since the New York Times published its article on PETA’s four-month undercover investigation of trainer Steve Asmussen’s stable. The investigation brought forth state and federal complaints alleging animal cruelty against Asmussen and his chief assistant, Scott Blasi. The investigation also brought up allegations of a leading jockey […]

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Reed: How Industry Deals With ‘Serial Cheaters’ Will Determine Sport’s Fate

In a column for KY Forward, Billy Reed writes that in the wake of the controversy surrounding trainer Steve Asmussen and his former assistant, Scott Blasi, how the racing industry responds to ‘serial cheaters’ is of utmost importance. “Racing’s response must be plausible, serious, and effective,” writes Reed. “There is no more wiggle room, no […]

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Cohen: PETA Shows Us It’s Time to Face the Truth

In a column for The Atlantic, writer Andrew Cohen declared that horse racing needs to come to grips with the image of the sport portrayed in the recent PETA report released by The New York Times. Cohen acknowledges that there are three basic types of people in the business: those who are willing to cheat, those who […]

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‘I’d Throw the Guy Out’: Meadowlands’ Decisive Action Lacking in Thoroughbred Racing

On the afternoon of March 1, a horse van carrying three Standardbreds from a private training center entered to race that evening at Meadowlands racetrack pulled into a service area along the New Jersey Turnpike. A man went into the back of the van and emerged a few minutes later with a paper bag that […]

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Moss: PETA ‘Not a Group That Even I Would Work For’

Thoroughbred owner and Iowa-based attorney Maggi Moss weighed in on the PETA video, an organization that she worked for briefly as a young lawyer. In an interview with the Courier Journal’s Jennie Rees, Moss said that her one-time employer “was so off the wall, so eccentric, so political that I felt they were not a […]

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