Other recordings reveal Blasi acknowledging the chronic pain and foot problems endured by Nehro, one of Asmussen's horses who later died on the morning of the 2013 Kentucky Derby. As the Times reports, PETA's investigation implies that horses like Nehro, who was forced to continue training despite suffering devastating injuries to his hooves, are given massive amounts of drugs to keep them on the track -- a transgression for which Asmussen has already come under fire in the past:
In 2006, [Asmussen] served a six-month suspension after a filly he trained tested 750 times over the legal limit in Louisiana for the local anesthetic mepivacaine, which can deaden pain in a horse's legs. Instead of losing his livelihood, Asmussen turned his horses over to Blasi, who won another 198 races as the stable finished the year with more than $14 million in earnings.
Asmussen and Blasi are not the only ones under fire after PETA's investigation. The group's footage also shows prominent New York veterinarian James Hunt Jr. giving a horse furosemide, a controversial diuretic meant to stop exercise-induced pulmonary bleeding. In a conversation recorded on camera, Hunt revealed that many horses who receive furosemide do not actually need the drug -- but they're given it anyway, he told the investigator, because "it's a performance enhancer."