Steve Asmussen

Born: 11/18/65, Gettysburg, SD

Resides: Arlington, TX

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

  • Perennially one of the leading trainers in the country, Asmussen earned his sixth leading trainer title at Oaklawn in 2014.
  • Several meet highlights included wins in the Southwest Stakes with Tapiture, the Dixie Belle with Street Story, the Honeybee with Euphrosyne, the Spring Fever with Aireofdistinction, his sixth Carousel Stakes with Speedinthruthecity and Count Fleet Sprint Handicap with Lemon Drop Dream.
  • Top horses in 2014 included Kentucky Oaks and Cotillion winner Untapable, the front runner for champion 3-year-old filly, and Tapiture, who left Oaklawn and won the $750,000 West Virginia Derby.
  • 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 shortly after the filly was transferred to his barn.
  • Named Champion Trainer in 2008 and 2009. Other champion horses he has trained are My Miss Aurelia and Kodiak Kowboy.
  • Began training in 1986. Became just the fifth trainer to win 5,000 races on Nov. 18, 2011 when Basalt won at Remington Park. Is currently ranked second all-time in wins with nearly 6,900 victories.