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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