PETA investigation

HBPA Told To Fight Back Against ‘Elitists’ In ‘Environment Of Poison’

Eric Hamelback likes to focus on the positive in horse racing. Running his first winter convention as chief executive officer of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, the former general manager of Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs in Kentucky put together several panels on Thursday’s opening day designed to give HBPA members reassurance that the […]

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Asmussen Now Eligible For Hall Of Fame Consideration

The Racing Hall of Fame sent an e-mail to nominators on Tuesday stating that two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen can be considered in 2016, according to the Blood Horse. He currently ranks second in all-time wins with 7,182, and fourth in earnings with over $235.3 million. His first nomination was tabled due to the […]

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Asmussen Fined $10,000; New York Commission Finds Four Violations From PETA Video

Over a year and a half after the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals released a controversial video accusing top trainer Steve Asmussen and his employees of mistreating horses, the New York State Gaming Commission released a report on the incident on Monday afternoon. Of 14 alleged violations the animal rights group detailed in three […]

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Report: New York Completes PETA Investigation

At a New York Gaming Commission meeting on Monday, equine medical director Dr. Scott Palmer revealed that New York officials have completed their investigation into accusations of rules violations by trainer Steve Asmussen. Palmer said that commission officials had examined eight hours of videotape and hundreds of pages of notes provided by PETA, which made […]

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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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Months Later, Asmussen Not Letting PETA Accusations Keep Him Down

Trainer Steve Asmussen has emerged from the scandal surrounding an undercover investigation by PETA earlier this year as strong as ever. Daily Racing Form’s Jay Privman checked in with the trainer, who has notched 250 wins this year, placing him second in the current national standings. Privman also notes that Asmussen has raced in 15 states […]

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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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HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ to Feature Interview With Asmussen

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 206th edition debuts Tuesday, May 20 (10:00 p.m. ET/PT & 9:00 p.m. CT) on HBO and will feature an added segment on horse racing. The piece, titled Beyond the Track, was described by the network in a release […]

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Kentucky Official Says Investigative Staff ‘Spread Too Thin’

At a recent meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, commission member Edward “Ned” Bonnie raised concerns about the ability of the group’s investigative staff to handle its workload. Bonnie noted that with the team working both on the Steve Asmussen investigation stemming from a recent PETA undercover video, he is unconvinced investigators can properly […]

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Ward: Asmussen Investigation Could Take ‘Several Months’

According to a story in The Blood-Horse, the investigation by New York and Kentucky regulators into trainer Steve Asmussen could take “at least several months.” The investigation was spurred by an undercover video report published by PETA. Kentucky Horse Racing Commission executive director John Ward told writer Frank Angst that state officials have requested all the […]

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