SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – Hall of Fame coach Steve Asmussen broke the North American record for victories by a coach on Saturday when Stellar Tap won the fifth race on Whitney Day at the Saratoga Race Course.
Asmussen has 9,446 victories to break the mark set by the late Dale Baird during his 46-year career, which ended when he was killed in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 72.
“Being surrounded by people you love and who love you and you have a common goal, it is impossible to put into words what horse racing means to me and my whole family and to all the employees,” said Asmussen. “They are family and they know it and are treated as such.”
Asmussen, 55, took his license in 1986 and won his first race that year at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. He previously worked as a jockey until he grew the profession.
Asmussen has trained three year old horses – Curlin, filly Rachel Alexandra and Gun Runner. He has won the Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic twice and the Belmont Stakes. He is 0-against-23 in the Kentucky Derby.