Undercover video leads to investigation into horse abuse

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The New Mexico Horse Racing Commission is looking into animal cruelty allegations after undercover video talks about a well-known horse trainer cheating Ruidoso Downs.

The New York Times reported on a four-month undercover investigation by the animal rights group PETA.

A PETA investigator went undercover and worked for trainer, Steve Asmussen last year in Kentucky and New York.

PETA says the undercover videos show illegal drugs being given to Asmussen’s horses and shows some horses were forced to race when they were injured.

Another horse trainer was also caught on camera bragging about cheating at Ruidoso Downs.

He said jockeys use illegal electrical shocking devices to make horses run faster.

Asmussen and a jockey in the video are licensed through the state of New Mexico.

The racing commission wants to see PETA’s original video and determine if they need to discipline both men.

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