Hookem’ Horns

by Ed Meyer

posted on September 14, 2009 in General Discussion | No Comments >>

When your parents are trainers, you would probably think that you have a pretty good chance of ending up in the business. Walking horses at age 5, and riding horses at the age of 16, would also give you an idea that this may be your calling. But, for a man in his early 40’s and 5,000 wins later, you know you have arrived.

Steve Asmussen earned number 5,000 in the 7th race at Woodbine. He is the fifth trainer ever to reach the 5,000-win plateau. This is a staggering number, and the only thing that dwarfs many, is the sheer number of runners in his stable. Things always grow big in Texas they claim….

His brother Cash left the U.S. after becoming an Eclipse Award winning rider in 1979. He rode in Europe, and was a champion rider there as well.

He broke the record for wins in a year, with 555 in 2004. He trained┬ásuperstar Curlin, after he broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park by a daunting 12 lengths. After that, he went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic, and then on to take the Dubai World Cup.

He now has super-filly Rachel Alexandra in his care. Not bad for a guy from Arlington, Texas…. This may be his defining moment that will etch forever in the history books. Not that he needed any help, but this is a very sweet note to add. The best thing about Asmussen, is that the show is far from over. Just think, we will be seeing some of his great progeny run for years to come, when they make their way to shed.

After beginning in New Mexico in 1986 training quarter horses, you would have to say this gent has come a long way. I think he will tear the record up in time. With the size of his operation, and a┬ámagic touch that turns out more great trainers, I think we will be seeing him for years to come in the winner’s circle.