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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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Zayat Stable Scratches Asmussen-Trained Horses From Weekend Races

Zayat Stable will scratch its horses trained by Steve Asmussen from this weekend’s races, according to a tweet sent out on Friday by racing and stallion manager Justin Zayat. In later tweets, Zayat noted that the stable is conducting their own investigation into trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn following an undercover investigation of Asmussen’s barn and hiring […]

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Finley: Asmussen Lost My Hall of Fame Vote

In a column for ESPN published on Thursday, writer Bill Finley said that the scandal surrounding trainer Steve Asmussen, prompted by a PETA expose and undercover video, has further shaken his impression of the trainer. Finley revealed that he asked Hall of Fame officials to rescind his vote for Asmussen in the election for this […]

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Fans, Industry Participants Weigh in on PETA Video Findings

An undercover video by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, first reported in the New York Times, prompted a firestorm of responses across social media and Internet forums Thursday.  The video footage, obtained by a PETA operative working in trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn, has led to state and federal complaints against Asmussen and […]

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Industry Reactions to ‘Disturbing’ PETA Video: Three States Launch Investigations

Following are responses from industry organizations contacted by the Paulick Report for comment in the wake of allegations of animal cruelty and other charges by the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals against Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen and his chief assistant, Scott Blasi. The allegations, originally detailed in the New York Times, followed a […]

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NY Times: PETA Files Complaint After Undercover Investigation of Asmussen Stable

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has filed state and federal complaints against two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen and his chief assistant, Scott Blasi, alleging animal cruelty, use by a leading jockey of an illegal electrical stimulating device, labor law and immigration violations. The allegations, reported by Joe Drape in the New York […]

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