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State agency probes reports of thoroughbred abuse

Top trainer accused of misconduct at Saratoga Race Course, elsewhere

The Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course is pictured on Thursday.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
The Oklahoma Training Track at Saratoga Race Course is pictured on Thursday.
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The New York State Gaming Commission is investigating allegations of abuse and mistreatment of racehorses by Steve Asmussen, one of the nation’s top trainers. The investigation announced Thursday involves alleged conduct by Asmussen and his team during last year’s Saratoga Race Course thoroughbred meet, filmed secretly by an employee actually working for the activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Asmussen, 48, has 6,700 career victories, second-most all-time, and won the Eclipse Award ...


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