NY investigates allegations of race horse abuse

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The New York Gaming Commission says it's investigating
allegations of abuse and mistreatment of race horses by Racing Hall of
Fame-nominated trainer Steve Asmussen and his top assistant, Scott Blasi.

Robert Williams, acting executive director of the commission, says Thursday
that the investigation was initiated after People for the Ethical Treatment of
Animals provided video evidence from an undercover investigation of Asmussen
and some of his associates.

PETA says its investigator worked for Asmussen at Churchill Downs and the
Saratoga Race Course and documented overuse of pain-masking drugs used to push
horses beyond the point of physical exhaustion.

Asmussen ranks second among trainers in career racing victories, with more
than 6,700.

There was no answer Thursday at his office in Arlington, Texas.

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