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Racing needs unity to combat perceptions

Updated: March 25, 2014, 12:44 PM ET
By Bob Ehalt

It would be an underestimation to say last week wasn't the best of times for Thoroughbred racing.

A New York Times' report on an undercover investigation by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and video shot in trainer Steve Asmussen's barn showed a dark side of the sport that had to make neutral observers cringe as if they were hit with a shot to the solar plexus by Mike Tyson in his prime.

The report has been both hailed and assailed with predictable ...

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