Turns out that the outrider who manhandled Derby winner Rich Strike yesterday is Greg Blasi – that’s Blasi, as in the brother of Scott, Steve Asmussen’s assistant trainer caught saying the following in a 2013 PETA investigation:
“Fuck these horses. These motherfuckers. They’ll fucking break your fucking heart every fucking day, these cocksuckers. There’s always something wrong with ’em.”
“You ought to see these limping motherfuckers; I see this son [of] a bitch out here jogging every day.”
“You could not believe how many [horses] they hurt and kill before they ever even get to the racetrack.”
And there was more.
A farrier working on 5-year-old Nehro, one of Asmussen’s charges: “That’s all missing! His foot is a little bitty nub. [H]e lost Z-bars on both feet multiple times until he had bloody holes in the bottom of his feet. He doesn’t even have a pulse in this one, and he’s barely got one in the…. Stick your thumb in there. Right there in that frog. No, it’s been like that for three months…it rotted.”
Blasi: “[L]isten…I know the fucker hurts.” Farrier: “Let me show you this hole. This is treacherous. We’ve tried superglue in that hole.”
Blasi, to Nehro: “Quit being such an asshole…aggravating son of a bitch.” A few days after this exchange, Nehro died of colic. Blasi: “I have seen a lot of shit. That is the most violent fucking death I have ever seen.”
Blasi on “shockwave therapy”: “It fucking hurts like hell. I can’t believe them fucking sons a bitches can take it.”
Blasi on “electric shockers”: “I’d tell [jockey Ricardo Santana Jr], ‘You got the maquina [shocker]?’ ‘Boss, I got the maquina.'”
Blasi, after losing an underperformer – a “rat” – to a claim: “I could just do a fucking cartwheel right now.”
And here’s Greg again…
How proud Mr. and Mrs. Blasi must be.