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Trainer’s nomination for Racing Hall of Fame put on hold

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Steve Asmussen's nomination into the Racing Hall of Fame is being put on hold while thoroughbred racing regulators in New York and Kentucky investigate allocations of mistreatment by the trainer and his top assistant, Scott Blasi.

The state's racing commissions says investigations were launched Thursday after PETA handed over video evidence from an undercover investigation of Asmussen and associates.

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

Statement from the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame: Based on pending investigations by the New York State Gaming Commission and the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission into allegations made by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and reported by various media outlets, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has decided it is in the best interests of the institution and the sport of thoroughbred racing in general to table the 2014 Hall of Fame nomination of trainer Steve Asmussen.

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