Asmussen breaks North American victory file

Horse Racing

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Corridor of Fame coach Steve Asmussen broke the North American file for victories by a coach Saturday when Stellar Faucet received the fifth race on Whitney Day at Saratoga Race Course.

Asmussen has 9,446 victories to interrupt the mark of set by the late Dale Baird throughout his 46-year profession that ended when he was killed in a automobile crash in 2007 at age 72.

“To be surrounded by folks you like and who love you, and you’ve got a standard purpose, it is inconceivable to place into phrases what horse racing means to me and my entire household and to all the workers,” Asmussen stated. “They’re household and so they know so and are handled as such.”

The 55-year-old Asmussen took out his license in 1986 and received his first race that yr at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. He beforehand labored as a jockey till he outgrew the career.

Asmussen has educated three Horses of the Yr — Curlin, filly Rachel Alexandra, and Gun Runner. He is received the Preakness Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Basic twice and the Belmont Stakes. He’s 0 for 23 within the Kentucky Derby.

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