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COPY-Trainer cleared of race horse abuse allegations in Kentucky

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky racing regulators have cleared trainer Steve Asmussen of abuse allegations made by an animal-rights group that claimed it had videotape evidence that thoroughbreds in his care were mistreated.

Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Chairman Robert Beck said Thursday that commission staff found no evidence to support claims by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. The commission's report says outside veterinarians who reviewed the same evidence found nothing to support PETA's claims.

The allegations arose after PETA said its investigator worked for Asmussen at Churchill Downs and Saratoga Race Course. PETA accused Asmussen of overusing pain-masking drugs and administering drugs to horses to boost performance.

New York State Gaming Commission spokesman Lee Park says its investigation continues.

Asmussen ranks second among trainers in career racing victories, with more than 6,900.

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