Steve Asmussen

Steve Asmussen

Born: 11/18/65, Gettysburg, SD

Resides: Arlington, TX

Family: wife Julie, sons Keith James, Darren Scott and Eric

  • One of the leading trainers in the country, Asmussen collected his 7th leading trainer title in 2016 with 46 wins. He was on pace to close the year ranked 2nd in wins and 5th in earnings nationally. 
  • Had a very memorable 2016 highlighted by his induction into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame and third Triple Crown race win with Creator in the Belmont Stakes. Earlier, the Tapit colt provided the trainer with his third Arkansas Derby triumph.
  • Won his 7,000th race April 1, 2015 with Drama Coach at Oaklawn.
  • Trained three straight Horse of the Years in Curlin (2007 & ’08) and Rachel Alexandra (2009). Curlin won the 2007 Rebel and Arkansas Derby, while Rachel Alexandra won the Martha Washington and Fantasy (while trained by Hal Wiggins).
  • Curlin became his first Triple Crown race winner when he took the 2007 Preakness Stakes. He won that same race two years later with Rachel Alexandra.
  • Champion Trainer in 2008 and 2009. Other champion horses he has trained are Untapable, My Miss Aurelia and Kodiak Kowboy.
  • Grew up in racing with a mother who trained and a father who rode. His parents still operate a training center in El Dorado, Texas. His brother, Cash, was a world-renown jockey before turning to training. Steve began training in 1986.