Letters to the Editor

Trainer Asmussen not cleared

Please allow me to correct an error in the Herald-Leader’s June 11 report on Creator’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, “Creator edges Destin for Belmont Stakes victory.”

Far from “clearing” Asmussen, the New York State Gaming Commission introduced new regulations to combat the entrenched drug culture in horse racing, based on PETA’s investigation of Asmussen’s stable in which we found near-daily use of sedatives, painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.

The commission also found that Asmussen had given horses thyroxine — a hormone administered in an attempt to speed up their metabolism and make them run faster — and fined him $10,000 for administering it to at least 45 horses within 48 hours of a race.

Asmussen has also been sued by the U.S. Department of Labor for alleged labor violations.

The horse racing world’s intention to induct this abuser into its hall of fame is as baffling as it is shameful.

Jennifer Bates

PETA Foundation

Norfolk, Va.

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