Trainer Steve Asmussen Exploited His Workers

Steve Asmussen Stables has entered into a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to reimburse grooms and hotwalkers nearly $130,000 to resolve violations of the federal H-2B worker program, which enables businesses to employ temporary visa workers, according to a release from the Department of Labor. Asmussen was also assessed civil money penalties of just over $75,000 for its violations in addition to the wage penalties.

According to the release, this is the fourth time in recent years that Asmussen has been ordered to make payments to workers… read the rest about the legacy of trainer Steve Asmussen

This is not the first time a big-name trainer has ripped off his hard-working employees, many of whom send big chucks of their salary back home to Mexico to their families.  Read about the legacy of trainer Chad Brown

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Rich Nilsen is an 18-time qualifier to the National Horseplayers Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 of the NHC twice. A former executive with and a member of the NHC Players’ Committee, Rich is a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program and is founder of, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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