Racehorse reality: Video

Thoroughbred racehorse Nehro. By Rob Carr, Getty Images.

Before you hit the play button be warned there is a lot of swearing, particularly the F bomb. The content is shocking, then it is not. Hearing about it is one thing. Seeing it is quite another. In the meantime, backstretch workers have been portrayed since the coronavirus crisis as a bunch of great guys… Continue reading Racehorse reality: Video

Cohen: The ugly truth about horse racing

at Churchill Downs Wednesday, May 4, 2011, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Cross-posted from The Atlantic BY ANDREW COHEN There are essentially three types of people in horse racing. There are the crooks who dangerously drug or otherwise abuse their horses, or who countenance such conduct from their agents, and who then dare the industry to come catch them. Then there are the dupes who labor under… Continue reading Cohen: The ugly truth about horse racing

Accused horse trainer Asmussen sacks assistant Blasi; industry responds

Record-smashing Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Rachel Alexandra is led to a waiting van by assistant trainer Scott Blasi. Image: Churchill Downs website.

The word over the weekend concerning Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Steve Asmussen is he has sacked his assistant Scott Blasi. Blasi is the inconvenient star of the Peta undercover investigation that leaves he and and Asmussen accused of horse cruelty, among other things. "Among other things" appears to be on most people's minds however. Our concern… Continue reading Accused horse trainer Asmussen sacks assistant Blasi; industry responds

Asmussen, the torture of racehorses and agonizing death of Nehro

Trainer Steve Asmussen at the Rail, Belmont Park, 2011. Image source: Flickr.

Thoroughbred trainers Steve Asmussen and Scott Blasi have been accused of cruelty to racehorses following an undercover investigation conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). No surprise there. I believe that more investigations of this type would unearth equally sinister horrors committed by American Thoroughbred horse trainers and their staff. The shocking… Continue reading Asmussen, the torture of racehorses and agonizing death of Nehro