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 fifth leading trainer title at Oaklawn in 2013.  He finished the year ranked first in wins with 307 and fourth in earnings with $11,924,891 in earnings nationally. 
  • Several meet highlights included wins in the Martha Washington Stakes with Sister Ginger, the Gazebo Stakes with King Henry, the Carousel Stakes with Vuitton and the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap with Justin Phillip.
  • Top runners in 2013 included Justin Phillip, who also won the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Grade 3 stakes winners  Master Rick and Prayer for Relief and Untapable, winner of the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes.
  • 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.