Steve Asmussen

Born: Nov. 18, 1965

Record at Oaklawn:

Total Wins: 583 | Stakes Wins: 75

  • Among the leading trainers in the country, Asmussen collected his ninth leading trainer title in 2018 with 44 victories. All of the Hall of Famer’s titles in Hot Springs have come since 2007.
  • Won three stakes races in 2018 at Oaklawn, two with Breeders’ Cup starters Chanteline (Spring Fever) and Mia Mischief (Purple Martin), the Bachelor with the fleet Mitole.
  • 2017 meet was highlighted by future Horse of the Year Gun Runner’s romp in the $500,000 Razorback Handicap (G3). Saddled Gun Runner to win the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.
  • Recorded 500th career Oaklawn victory at 2017 meeting when eventual stakes winner Hence broke his maiden.
  • Had a memorable 2016 highlighted by his induction into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame and third Triple Crown race victory with Creator in the Belmont Stakes (G1). Earlier, the colt provided the trainer with his third Arkansas Derby win.
  • Won his 7,000th North American race April 1, 2015, at Oaklawn with Drama Coach.
  • Trained three consecutive Horse of the Year winners 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 in the 2007 Preakness Stakes. He won that same race two years later with Rachel Alexandra.
  • Eclipse Award-winning trainer in 2008 and 2009. Other champions he has trained are Untapable, My Miss Aurelia and Kodiak Kowboy.
  • Grew up in racing with a mother who trained and a father who rode. His parents still operate El Primero Training Center in Laredo, Texas. His brother, Cash, was a world-renown jockey before turning to training. Steve began training in 1986 and set an Oaklawn single-season record for purse earnings in 2016 ($3,448,729).