Trainer Steve Asmussen, right, on pony, accompanying Quintons Gold Rush to the track at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Steve Asmussen, right, on pony, accompanying Quintons Gold Rush to the track at Churchill Downs.

Associated Press

Asmussen Closer to Training Record

Trainer Steve Asmussen is inching closer to the North American single-season record for wins by a trainer. As of Nov. 19, Asmussen has 492 wins on the year. The current single-season record is held by Jack Van Berg, who saddled 496 winners (from 2,362 starters) in 1976.

Asmussen, 39, won two races Friday – at Hawthorne and Sunland Park – and has 31 horses entered at six tracks Saturday. He won three races at Churchill Downs on Thursday and scored a victory at Sam Houston Park.

Asmussen has horses running in Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico.

Last year trainer Scott Lake needed 2,009 starts to win the training title by a 455-452 margin over Asmussen. Two years ago Asmussen claimed the title by seven wins (407) over Lake (Asmussen had 1,810 starters).