On his 46th birthday, Steve Asmussen became the fifth trainer in history to record 6,000 wins when Basalt won the first race at Remington Park Nov. 18 (VIDEO).
Asmussen now trails only Dale Baird (9,445 wins), Jack Van Berg (6,409), King Leatherbury (6,331), and Jerry Hollendorfer (6,056) on the all-time list.
Asmussen, whose family operates a training center in Texas and whose brother, Cash, was a successful jockey in Europe, began his career in racing as a jockey at age 16. After riding in New Mexico, California, and New York, for three years, Asmussen was unable to continue in the saddle because his height and weight precluded him from being able to continue.
In 1986, Asmussen began training Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses. He was voted an Eclipse Award for outstanding training in 2008.