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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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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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