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Steven Mark Asmussen (born November 18, 1965, in Gettysburg, South Dakotamarker) is an Americanmarker Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. Born into a horse racing family, his parents, Keith and Marilyn "Sis" Asmussen, are both trainers who run El Primero Training Center off the Mines Road in western Laredomarker, the seat of Webb Countymarker in south Texasmarker. His older brother, Cash Asmussen, is a retired Eclipse Award-winning jockey and a champion in Europe.



Asmussen began racing at age sixteen as a jockey, competing at racetracks in New Mexicomarker, Californiamarker, and New Yorkmarker for three years until his height and weight ended his riding career. In 1986 he began training Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses in New Mexico. In 2002, he led all trainers in Thoroughbred flat racing with 407 wins then in 2004 set a new record for wins by a trainer with 555, surpassing the mark of 496 held by Jack Van Berg since 1976.

Steve Asmussen's colt, Curlin, finished third in the 2007 Kentucky Derby and beat out Derby-winner Street Sense to win the 2007 Preakness Stakes. Curlin finished second in the 2007 Belmont Stakes to filly Rags to Riches, and went on to take the Breeders' Cup Classic on October 27, 2007, at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jerseymarker. The Breeder's Cup is considered the "Super Bowl" of thoroughbred horseracing. Curlin's regular jockey is Robby Albarado.

Asmussen graduated from United High School in Laredo in 1985. He and his wife, Julie Marie Asmussen, have three sons. Asmussen's grandmother, Helen M. Asmussen, died at the age of eighty-three, on Mother's Day, 2007, and was buried on Thursday, May 17, two days before the Preakness victory. She followed every race that her grandsons entered.

Keith Asmussen told Tricia Cortez of the Laredo Morning Times that his fellow Laredoans do not "have a clue how big Laredo is and has been in the horse industry, and after today, it will be even quadrupled. Some of the best horses have been trained and conditioned in Laredo."

Asmussen is the first Laredoan to have a horse win any of the three legs of the Triple Crown.

He was awarded the Eclipse Award as Outstanding Trainer for 2008.

In 2008, Asmussen won a single-season record 622 races

References

  • Steve Asmussen at the NTRA
  • Tricia Cortez, "Winner by a nose: Trainer Steve Asmussen's Curlin takes Preakness", Laredo Morning Times, May 20, 2007
  • Joe Drape, New York Times News Service, "Asmussen's horse powers way to Horse of the Year title", Laredo Morning Times, October 30, 2007
  • Asmussen Has Drug Positive



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