About Steve Asmussen
American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer Steven Mark Asmussen, who was born on November 18, 1965, has a $4 million estimated net worth. On Friday, November 18, 2011, Steve Asmussen rode Basalt to victory in the opening race at Remington Park, marking the 6,000th victory of his coaching career. On the all-time record, Asmussen is now only behind Dale Baird (9,445 victories), Jack Van Berg (6,409), King Leatherbury (6,331), and Jerry Hollendorfer (6,056).
A successful winner:
Twice, most recently in 2008 with 621 victories, Asmussen broke the mark for victories by a trainer in a single season.
With 461 as of September 11, 2009, he is on track to smash his record once more. In 2008, he received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer, and in 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2008, he had the most victories among American trainers.
4,000 and 5,000 win milestones:
On February 17, 2008, Asmussen won his 4,000th race with J J’s Bud in the third race at Oaklawn Park. He passed the 4,000-win threshold, making him the eighth trainer in the annals of Thoroughbred racing. On September 11, 2009, Asmussen earned his 5,000th victory as a trainer when Passion Rules won the seventh race at Woodbine. He became the fifth coach to win 5,000 games.
Asmussen, who now resides in Arlington, Texas, was born on November 18, 1965, in Gettysburg, South Dakota. Keith James, Darren Scott, and Eric Mark are his three sons. He is married to Julie.
a member of a horseman’s family:
Racing has always been connected to the Asmussen name. When they stopped riding, Steve, his father Keith, and his brother Cash all briefly worked as jockeys before deciding to become trainers.
The family runs the 150-horse El Primero Training Center in Laredo, Texas, and mother Marilyn is a trainer as well. The most successful jockey was Cash, who won the apprentice Eclipse in 1979 and went on to win riding championships around Europe.
opening a new branch of the family business:
In his hometown of Gettysburg, South Dakota, Steve started mucking stalls and walking horses for his parents when he was 5 years old. He was holding a horse over a chain link fence when he fell and lost a portion of his thumb. He obtained his jockey’s license at the age of 16, and he raced in New Mexico, New York, and California for three years before being forced to retire due to his inability to maintain weight.
The development of a top trainer:
Steve started his training career in New Mexico with a stable that included both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, and in his first season of training, he took first place at Ruidoso Downs. Everywhere he raced horses, he eventually started to acquire training titles. As a result of his continued success, he eventually expanded his business across the nation, opening divisions in the top American racing circuits in New York, Chicago, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana. He did this by providing training services to prominent owners like Stonestreet Stable, Padua Stable, Golden Eagle Farm, Nelson Bunker Hunt, Richard Englander, Gary Tanaka, Zayat Stable, and Team Valor.
His best horses include:
Curlin, who won the Preakness, Jockey Club Gold Cup, and Breeders’ Cup Classic as a 3-year-old despite never having had a start as a juvenile, was trained by Asmussen and is best recognized as the 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year. Since Stonestreet Stables bought supermodel Rachel Alexandra, he has also been her trainer, and they have won the Preakness, Haskell, and Woodward with her.
Some of his bet winners include:
Valid Expectations, owned by Ackerly Brothers Farm, was his first notable equine and she won seven stakes races between 1995 and 1997. In 1999, Dreams Galore became his first Grade 1 winner. Lady Tak, Appealing Zophie, Capeside Lady, Summerly, Cuvee, Posse, Sky Mom, Zanjero, Private Vow, Storm Treasure, Heart Ashley, Kensei, Soul Warrior, Hot Dixie Chick, Four Gifts, Pyro, My Miss Aurelia, Wilburn, and Astrology are some of the other standouts he has taught. With Regally Ready, he won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in 2011, earning just his second BC triumph (after Curlin in the 2007 Classic).
a hiccup in the journey
Due to drug tests being positive, Asmussen was suspended from July 2006 to February 2007. At Evangeline Downs in Louisiana, No End in Sight tested positive for the regional anesthetic mepivicaine, for which he was penalized and suspended for six months. The penalty for Boots Are Walking at Sunland Park in New Mexico, who tested positive for acepromazine, was served concurrently with another.
Despite this, he still placed third overall in 2006 with 241 victories and ninth overall in earnings with $7.7 million. His seasoned aide Scott Blasi was in charge of his horses throughout the suspension. I have really wonderful help, Asmussen stated.
With Lookin At Lee, Asmussen won his 8,000th race at Churchill Downs in 2018. Steve Asmussen’s net worth is projected to be $4 million as of 2023. Asmussen was admitted into the Hall of Fame and National Museum of Racing in 2016.