01/13/2015 2:42PM

Kentucky regulators to get Asmussen report Thursday


The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will be presented the findings of an investigation into trainer Steve Asmussen during a closed-door executive session of a commission meeting Thursday, the executive director of the commission said Tuesday.

The commission likely will publicly release a report on the investigation after the commission members discuss the results of the investigation during the executive session, according to John Ward, the commission’s executive director. The commission also will publicly vote on any resolutions relating to the investigation’s findings after conducting the closed-door session, Ward said.

The Kentucky racing commission initiated the investigation last March after the release of a video put together by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals from footage taken by an Asmussen stable worker during a four-month period in 2013. The 9 1/2-minute video was culled from hours of footage obtained by the stable worker, who secretly recorded the footage on behalf of PETA.

PETA claimed that the footage showed mistreatment of horses by workers in Asmussen’s barn. PETA also filed documents, mostly transcripts of recorded conversations, that it claimed showed evidence that jockeys used electrical devices on Asmussen’s horses, and that his barn hired undocumented workers.

“What the commission will see is that this was a very thorough investigation,” said Ward.

Asmussen has consistently denied all the claims lodged by PETA, which filed official complaints with both Kentucky and New York regulators. The footage was shot at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York and Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

A spokesman for the New York State Gaming Commission said the commission’s investigation is “ongoing.”

Just after the video was released, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame withdrew Asmussen’s name from its 2014 ballot, citing the investigations. Last week, the Hall of Fame said that Asmussen’s name would not be allowed to appear on the 2015 ballot because the investigations had not been completed.

Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Remember the So.Cal INS raids oct 1985.Google it. After three raids 170 at Santa Anita,123 at Del Mar,50 at Pomona arrested.I believe an INS truck drove out on the track while LordAtWar was working .I believe Asmussen might be guilty of many things but for using illegal immigrants ,give me a break! It has been commonplace on the backstretch for years (fake documents abound.)and our economy is dependant on cheap labor from south of our border.Housecleaners,restaurantsworkers, landscapers etc.
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Now, Kentucky, you can let John Veitch off the hook.
Margaret Zimmer More than 1 year ago
No violations and lots of editing and not truths in the tape.
James G Romano More than 1 year ago
Closed door exec. session? Why,so that no one else will know what really goes on?Asmussen more than likely will admit that Many other trainers hire illegals,,like if it is a secret,and do what Fine them all? Yeah,sure !!
James G Romano More than 1 year ago
i`d love to ask his former 'GO Jockey' Shaun Bridgemohan what he knows about Asmussen`s M.O.But jockeys cannot tell anything if they want to keep riding.
TEDK215 More than 1 year ago
if the untimely death of Mr Harry Johnson is any inkling of things to come in this case against Mr Asmussen, it doesn't appear to have a good ending. drf article dated 3/29/14.
reainusa More than 1 year ago
There are three sides to everything; your side, my side, and the truth!
Stephanie Mccloud More than 1 year ago
If this is true, I hope they take his license away.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Let us see if it is okay to discriminate against minorities in ky and ny.
Sammy Monarchos More than 1 year ago
Asmussen innocent until all the facts are sifted and checked. Blassi ( the video's best wiseguy ) really gives the careless/cruelty tone a push in the ugliest way. Steve used this guy for years. Years and years. Hard to deny what a lot of people in this industry know as everyday prep to fill race cards country wide. Steve's shedrow was filmed. Hard to deny the images and language. No photo-shopped actors. Sad. Sad. Sad America and the flailing Sport of Kings.......