KHRC Report on Asmussen Expected Jan. 15

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals accused Thoroughbred trainer Steve Asmussen of horse mistreatment in 2014.
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Kentucky horse racing commissioners are expected to listen Jan. 15, to a staff report on an investigation of trainer Steve Asmussen that followed allegations of horse mistreatment from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The allegations from PETA followed its 2014 release of a video the group says documents wrongdoing at the Eclipse Award-winning trainer’s barn at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2013.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) spokesman Dick Brown said Susan Speckert, KHRC legal counsel, will present the report to commissioners during its regular monthly meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 15, in the Kentucky Room at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky. As typical of an investigation of a licensee, the commissioners will consider the report during executive session.

Last year racing regulators in New York and Kentucky launched investigations related to the PETA video that PETA says was collected by one of its members while she worked in 2013 for Asmussen. Involved parties say videos were shot at both Churchill Downs and Saratoga Race Course, in Saratoga Springs, New York, over a period of at least four months

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Frank Angst is a staff writer for The Blood-Horse magazine. An American Horse Publications three-time winner in best news story category, Angst has covered horse racing for more than a decade. Angst spent ten years at Thoroughbred Times, where he earned awards as that magazine’s senior writer and helped launch Thoroughbred Times TODAY. Besides covering horse racing, Angst enjoys handicapping. Angst has written about sports for more than 20 years, including several seasons covering a nationally ranked Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

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