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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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Tim Sullivan Wins First Media Eclipse Award For Hub Johnson Story

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), Daily Racing Form and the National Turf Writers And Broadcasters (NTWAB) today announced that Tim Sullivan has won the 2015 Media Eclipse Award for Writing in the News/Enterprise category for “Family, PETA at odds after Horseman’s Death,” an investigative report into the circumstances surrounding the suicide of Hub Johnson, an assistant […]

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Brewster: Asmussen ‘Cruelly And Unjustifiably Defamed’

It’s time to move on. Finally. Twenty months have passed since People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals released a sensational hidden-camera video that purported to portray Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen’s stable as a callous operation that treated horses as commodities, indiscriminately gave them drugs, and relied on a foul-mouthed assistant who appeared to […]

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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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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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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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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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Survey: Most Horseplayers Will Not Change Wagering Post-PETA Scandal

According to a survey conducted by HorsePlayerNOW.com, most horseplayers do not plan to change their wagering habits following the scandal surrounding PETA’s undercover investigation of trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn. According to a report by The Blood-Horse on the survey, which collected more than 800 responses, 78.1 percent of respondents selected ‘no change’ when asked how the […]

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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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