Keyword: Asmussen

  • Awesome Gem

    Awesome Gem, Astrology in Iowa Stakes

    With six stakes worth more than $1 million, Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino will hold its biggest racing weekend of the year June 24-25, highlighted by the $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap (gr. III).

  • Kantharos<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9148927%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kantharos Injured, Retired

    Two-time graded stakes winner and leading juvenile Kantharos suffered a career-ending leg fracture earlier this week while galloping out following a routine workout at Saratoga it was announced Aug. 31.

  • Rachel Alexandra schools at Saratoga on August 26 in preparation for the Personal Ensign.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9159883%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Returns to Grade I in Personal Ensign

    Rachel Alexandra will make her first foray into grade I company since defeating older males in the Woodward Stakes last September when she takes on four fillies and mares as the 2-5 favorite in the $300,000 Personal Ensign.

  • Kantharos leaves the rest behind in the Bashford Manor.

    Kantharos Romps in Bashford Manor

    Stonestreet Stables' Kantharos shrugged off a stumble at the break and cruised to a 9 1/2-length victory in the $108,200 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) July 3 at Churchill Downs.

  • Haynesfield comes home strong to win the Suburban.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9095012%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haynesfield Dominating in Suburban Victory

    New York-bred Haynesfield won his fourth consecutive race and notched the biggest victory of his career when he took over turning for home en route to a convincing 2 3/4-length score in the $300,000 Suburban Handicap (gr. II)

  • Lou Brissie (left) is undefeated in 2 starts, including the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8937230%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Lou Brissie Top Weighted in Bashford Manor

    Dogwood Stable's undefeated Lou Brissie, winner of the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III), headlines a field of six 2-year-olds in the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) July 3 in the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes.

  • Rachel Alexandra won the Fleur De Lis in her most recent start.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D9063751%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Arrives at Saratoga

    Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra arrived at Saratoga the morning of June 30 and was bedded down in her old stall at trainer Steve Asmussen's barn near the Oklahoma Training Track.

  • Steve Asmussen will try to win his 5th Debutante with Tristanme.

    Asmussen Shoots For Fifth Debutante Win

    Steve Asmussen, who won the Debutante Stakes (gr. III) three consecutive years from 2005-07 and four times overall, has another chance with Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Tristanme, who broke her maiden last out at Woodbine.

  • Rachel Alexandra<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8279207%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Likely For La Troienne

    Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra is targeting the $400,000-added La Troienne Stakes (gr. II) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill Downs for her next start, majority owner Jess Jackson said April 24.

  • Zenyatta arrived at Oaklawn Park in preparation for the Apple Blossom.

    Zenyatta Faces Only Four in Apple Blossom

    Compared to what it was supposed to look like, the field for the April 9 Apple Blossom Invitational Handicap (gr. I) is a major disappointment. A field of only five, led by undefeated two-time champion Zenyatta, was drawn.

  • Decelerator is the 8-5 morning-line favorite for the Dixie Belle Stakes.

    Oaklawn Kicks Off Meet With Dixie Belle

    Westrock Stable's Decelerator and Jay Em Ess Stable's Rapid Racer head a field of seven talented 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs in the $50,000 Dixie Belle Stakes as Oaklawn opens its 54-day meet Jan. 15.

  • Vosburgh winner Kodiak Kowboy has been retired.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8530546%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kodiak Kowboy Retired to Vinery

    Kodiak Kowboy, whose victory in the Nov. 28 Hill 'n' Dale Cigar Mile Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct was one of three grade I triumphs this year, has been retired from racing and will enter stud in 2010.

  • Kodiak Kowboy outfinishes Fabulous Strike in the Vosburgh.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8530546%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kodiak Kowboy Edges Fabulous Strike, Again

    Much like he did earlier in the year in the Carter Handicap (gr. I), Kodiak Kowboy ran down odds-on favorite Fabulous Strike in the final yards to claim the $400,000 Vosburgh (gr. I) by a half-length Oct. 3 at Belmont Park. It was the sixth graded stakes victory for the 4-year-old son of Posse.

  • Backtalk will try to remain undefeated in the Hopeful.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8375381%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Backtalk Draws Post 13 For Hopeful

    GoldMark Farm's undefeated Backtalk will try to remain perfect in four lifetime starts, but will have to overcome post 13 when he meets a dozen rivals in the $300,000 Three Chimneys Hopeful Stakes (gr. I), Saratoga's final major race for 2-year-olds on Labor Day.

  • Remington Hosting Two Big Stakes Opening Day

    The first two stakes for the 2009 Remington Park season drew outstanding nomination lists with plenty of star power and quality expected in the six-digit events.

  • Rachel Alexandra dominates the field in the 2009 Haskell at Monmouth Park.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8379873%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Alexandra Routs Boys in Haskell Slop

    Rachel Alexandra turned in yet another dominating performance in a campaign for the ages when she captured the $1.25 million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) on a sloppy track at Monmouth Park Aug. 2.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen to Fight Six-Month Texas Suspension

    Steve Asmussen, currently the country's leading trainer in money and races won, was slapped with a six-month suspension and a $1,500 fine by the Lone Star Park stewards on July 16 for a positive urine test that contained a lidocaine metabolite in a horse he trained in 2008.

  • Kensei pulls away in the Dwyer.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D8298531%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kensei in Dwyer Upset; Warrior's Reward 3rd

    Kensei, ridden by Edgar Prado and trained by Steve Asmussen, made a powerful move on the far turn en route to an impressive 3 1/4-length victory in the 92nd running of the grade II, $200,000 Dwyer at Belmont Park on the July 4 holiday card.

  • Mine That Bird, shown training at Churchill Downs prior to the Derby, is back at the Louisville track to prepare for the June 6 Belmont Stakes.

    Mine That Bird Jogs, Rachel Alexandra Walks

    After two days off and a 9 1/2-hour van ride from Baltimore, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Mine That Bird returned to the track at Churchill Downs for a light jog Tuesday, May 19. Meanwhile, Rachel Alexandra walked under Asmussen's shedrow on her second day back at Churchill.

  • Rachel Alexandra <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fgallery.pictopia.com%2Fbloodhorse%2Fgallery%2FS672162%2Fphoto%2F8118163%2F%3Fo%3D5">Order This Photo</a>

    Showdown in Belmont a Possibility

    There will be no Triple Crown winner in 2009, but there is a possibility of a showdown in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) between the winners of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Blackberry Preakness Stakes (gr. I).

  • Intimidator's First Winner

    Intimidator was represented by his first winner when his daughter Ms Golden West won April 25 at Lone Star Park in her first start.

  • Special Rate Sires First Winner

    Stakes winner Special Rate sired his first winner from his initial starter when his son Valid Heart won April 11 at Manor Downs.

  • Curlin won the Secretariat Award as New York's Horse of the Year for the second year in a row.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7564379%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Wins Second Secretariat Award

    Two-time Horse of the Year Curlin and his connections have swept the top awards for 2008 as voted by the members of the New York Turf Writers Association.

  • Proudinsky (middle, green and white silks) gets his nose in front of El Caballo and Nownownow to win the Mervyn Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap.

    Proudinsky Busts Buttons in Muniz Repeat

    Proudinsky became a repeat winner of the $500,000 Mervyn Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) by a nose over El Caballo and Nownownow in a terrific finish at rainy Fair Grounds March 14.

  • Keith Asmussen

    Asmussen on ThoroFan Board

    Texas horseman Keith Asmussen has been named to the advisory board of ThoroFan, an independent not-for-profit organization that aims "to provide Thoroughbred racing fans with a voice and an organization that will actively support their interests."

  • Haynesfield cruises in the Whirlaway.<br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7683568%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Gotham Next for Romping Haynesfield

    Bigger things await Haynesfield after the 3-year-old colt outclassed five rivals in the $107,600 Whirlaway Stakes Feb. 7 for his third consecutive win on Aqueduct's inner track.

  • Jess Jackson celebrates Curlin's repeat as Horse of the year.

    Eclipse Ceremony Meets Expectation

    Eclipse Award attendees and the TVG viewers tuned in on the night of Jan. 26 were anticipating, and many were hoping, that Curlin would repeat as Horse of the Year.

  • Steve Asmussen and Jess Jackson pose with Curlin's 2008 Horse of the Year Eclipse Award

    Jackson: Curlin One of Racing's Greats

    Majority owner Jess Jackson said Curlin, who repeated as Horse of the Year when the Eclipse Awards were announced Jan. 26, is among the industry's greats. Jackson also said Curlin wants to run competitively, even though he is now at stud at Lane's End Farm.

  • Curlin <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D7129518%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Repeats as Horse of the Year

    As the only member of the elite crop of 2007 3-year-olds to return to racing as a 4-year-old, Curlin had the hopes of racing fans across the country resting on his shoulders as he embarked on an ambitious campaign that was designed to break new ground in international racing.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Eclipse Award Trainer: Steve Asmussen

    A single-season record of 622 victories might have been all Steve Asmussen needed to win the Eclipse Award for leading trainer of 2008. However, being trainer of Curlin probably didn't hurt either.

  • Proceed Bee won his last start, the Grand Canyon in November on the grass at Churchill Downs.

    Professor Z Leads Smarty Jones Field

    A special Monday race card at Oaklawn Jan. 19 features the second running of the Smarty Jones Stakes. The one-mile race will feature a talented field of 3-year olds that could stamp their ticket for a chance at the Arkansas Derby (gr. II), and maybe a shot at the Triple Crown.

  • Rolling Sea takes the Truly Bound, one of 6 wins for Steve Asmussen at Fair Grounds on Jan. 17.

    Asmussen Wins Six at Fair Grounds

    If you spent your Saturday wagering on horses trained by Steve Asmussen at Fair Grounds, you had reason to smile at the end of the day. Last year's leading trainer nationally by wins saddled starters in seven races on the 10-race card and won six, twice ran one-two, and captured the day's stakes race.

  • Indygo Mountain OK, Uno Mas Moves Up

    Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s highly-regarded juvenile Indygo Mountain, scratched during the post parade of an allowance event for 2-year-olds at Fair Grounds Dec. 18, was standing comfortably in his stall the following morning while trainer Bret Calhoun updated his colt's status.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Reflects on Record 600 Wins

    Trainer Steve Asmussen, who on Dec. 18 became the first trainer to win 600 races in a year, labeled the feat a "pretty amazing thing" and credited his staff and owners for his ability to continue to break records.

  • Sir Whimsey won the 2008 Gulfstream Park Handicap this past winter. <br><a target="blank" href="http://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/photo-store?ref=http%3A%2F%2Fpictopia.com%2Fperl%2Fgal%3Fprovider_id%3D368%26ptp_photo_id%3D3722719%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Researcher Steps Up For Queen's County

    West Virginia shipper Researcher puts his three-race win streak on the line Dec. 13 at Aqueduct, as the 4-year-old gelding faces his stiffest test yet while battling three graded stakes winners in the $100,000-added Queens County Handicap (gr. III), a 1 3/16-mile trek on the inner track.

  • Four Gifts pulls away from C. S. Silk to take the Delta Princess.

    Four Gifts Scores in Delta Princess

    Four Gifts delivered an early holiday present to owners Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt when she charged through the stretch to catch C. S. Silk inside the eighth pole and win the Boyd Gaming's Delta Princess Powered by Youbet.com Stakes (gr. III) Dec. 5 at Delta Downs.

  • Terrain, who finished 4th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in his most recent start, is the morning-line favorite for the Delta Jackpot Stakes.

    Delta Jackpot Purse Lures Talent Galore

    With the winner's share of $750,000 Boyd's Gaming Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) a lofty $450,000, the 2-year-old who earns the prize is virtually guaranteed a berth in the 2009 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). It is no wonder then that the Dec. 5 main track event drew a deep and talented field of classic hopefuls.