Hot Springs, Ark. (Wednesday, April 1, 2015) – Six-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen earned his 7,000th North American victory Wednesday when Drama Coach won the second race at Oaklawn to also give the trainer the sweep of the early Daily Double. The two-time Eclipse Award winning trainer also holds two wins in Dubai from 2008 when Curlin won the Jaguar Trophy and the Dubai World Cup.

“I’m extremely proud for the whole barn; Darren (Fleming) being here at Oaklawn, Scott (Blasi), the job that everybody's done," Asmussen said. “Everybody's stuck together. It's an extremely significant milestone that we're extremely proud of and, hopefully, we can continue.”

“Last week, we kind of had a slow week, I think, six seconds and stuff,” Asmussen continued. “It's very nice to start off the week for the second race, just get it out of the way and get on and do some winning.”

Asmussen, who saddled his first winner in July 1986, is second only to the late Dale Baird, who had saddled 9,445 winners at the time of his death in 2007 and is currently ranked fifth all-time among North American trainers in career earnings with $226,714,081.

Among Asmussen’s most notable accomplishments was training the Horse of the Year for three straight years between 2007 and 2009 with Curlin, twice, and Rachel Alexandra. Curlin won the 2007 Arkansas Derby (G1) in just this third lifetime start and then went on to also win the Preakness Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) that year. He repeated as Horse of the Year with victories in the 2008 World Cup, Stephen Foster (G1), Woodward (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1). Three-year-old filly Rachel Alexandra won the Fantasy Stakes (G2), Kentucky Oaks (G1), Preakness Stakes (G1), Haskell Invitational (G1) and Woodward Stakes (G1) during her Horse of the Year campaign.

The star of the Asmussen stable is currently champion Untapable, winner of the 2014 Kentucky Oaks and Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She is being considered for Oaklawn’s $600,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) April 10 after finishing second in the $300,000 Azeri Stakes (G2) March 14 in her seasonal debut. The trainer will also be represented in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) April 11 by Bold Conquest.




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