Category Archives: Horse Racing

Sr. Quisqueyano an upset winner of Sunshine Millions Classic (The Associated Press)

As he got ready for the Sunshine Millions Classic, trainer Peter Walder was thinking that he could have used a few more weeks to get to know Sr. Quisqueyano. Sr. Quisqueyano came up with an upset win in the biggest and most lucrative of the five stakes on the Sunshine Millions card at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, winning the $250,000 race by covering 1 1/8 miles on the dirt in 1:50.09 and paying $43.20 for the victory – a shocker, especially considering early favorites Wildcat Red and Transparent failed to even hit the board. Ridden by Edgard Zayas, Sr. Quisqueyano found a comfortable spot off the early pace, then made his move and had enough to hold off East Hall and Catholic Cowboy. Transparent and Wildcat Red were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kentucky investigation clears horse trainer of abuse allegations (Reuters)

(Reuters) – A racing Hall of Fame-nominated horse trainer was cleared by Kentucky gaming officials on Thursday of abuse allegations leveled against him by animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission said in a report published on its website that PETA’s claims that Steve Asmussen, his top assistant, Scott Blasi, and other staff had administered various performance enhancing and pain-masking drugs to horses and used electric shock paddles on them were unfounded. “When first reading the allegations and viewing the video, concern was raised,” the report said. “After a thorough and rigorous investigation, no evidence of a rule violation was found.” Asmussen’s nomination to the Hall of Fame was tabled last March while the Kentucky and New York state racing commissions conducted investigations, after PETA posted a video online that was recorded by an undercover investigator working for Asmussen.