Asmussen 1st trainer to notch 10,000 wins in North America

FILE - Steven Asmussen, trainer for Preakness entrant Epicenter, the runner up in the Kentucky Derby, talks to the media ahead of the Preakness Stakes Horse Race at Pimlico Race Course, May 19, 2022, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File) (Julio Cortez, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Steve Asmussen became the first trainer with 10,000 victories in North America on Monday, when Bet He’s Ready won the fifth race at Oaklawn Park.

He’s already the all-time winningest trainer in the United States and Canada, having the set mark of 9,446 on Aug. 7, 2021, at Saratoga to surpass Dale Baird.

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The 57-year-old was joined in the winner's circle at Oaklawn by family members. The Arkansas track said it would donate $10,000 to charity in his name.

Asmussen has trained such champions as Curlin, the Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008; filly Rachel Alexandra, Horse of the Year in 2009; and Gun Runner, 2017 Horse of the Year.

Asmussen’s first win as a thoroughbred trainer came July 19, 1986, at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. His mother is a retired trainer and his father is a retired jockey. His brother, Cash, was a champion rider in France.


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