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 picked up his fourth leading trainer title at Oaklawn in 2012. He was on pace to finish the year ranked third in earnings and second in wins nationally.
- Secured the title by winning five races Arkansas Derby Day including the Northern Spur with Master Rick. Also won the King Cotton with Riley Tucker and Instant Racing with Glinda the Good during the meet.
- Earned his fourth Breeders’ Cup victory in 2012 when Razorback Handicap runner-up Tapizar won the Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.
- 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.