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Asmussen's racing Hall of Fame nomination on hold

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Asmussen's racing Hall of Fame nomination on hold

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FILE - In this April 28, 2004, file photo, trainer Steve Asmussen, right, leads Kentucky Derby hopeful Quintons Gold Rush and exercise rider Scott Blasi off the track after a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Thoroughbred racing regulators in New York and Kentucky are investigating allegations of mistreatment of horses by the Hall of Fame-nominated trainer and his top assistant. The states' racing commissions said Thursday, March 20, 2014, investigations were launched after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals provided video evidence from an undercover investigation of Asmussen and associates. (AP Photo/Daniel P. Derella, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Trainer Steve Asmussen's nomination to the Racing Hall of Fame has been put on hold while he and his top assistant are being investigated by regulators in New York and Kentucky after an animal rights group alleged they mistreated horses.

The hall says it has ''decided it is in the best interests of the institution and the sport of thoroughbred racing to table'' Asmussen's nomination.

Asmussen ranks second among trainers in career racing victories with more than 6,700. He served a six-month suspension in 2006 after a filly he trained tested 750 times over the legal limit in Louisiana for a local anesthetic used to deaden pain in a horse's legs so it will continue to run.

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