Keyword: Steve Asmussen

  • Zardana (left) defeats 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.

    Zardana Stuns Rachel in Her Season Debut

    Rachel Alexandra was stunned by Zardana, who tackled the reigning Horse of the Year at the top of the stretch and outdueled the heavy favorite to win by three parts of a length in the $200,000 New Orleans Ladies Stakes.

  • Rachel Alexandra posted her fourth workout of 2010 when she covered five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 over a fast track at Fair Grounds Race Course Feb. 18.

    Rachel, Zenyatta Work Toward 2010 Debuts

    Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra posted her fourth workout of 2010 when she covered five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 at Fair Grounds while Zenyatta drilled six furlongs in 1:14 over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park.

  • Friesan Fire won the Louisiana Handicap on January 23.

    Friesan Fire Favored in Mineshaft

    The first three finishers in the Jan. 23 Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds are set to battle again in the Feb. 20 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at the same 1 1/16-mile distance over the New Orleans oval.

  • Friesan Fire leads all the way in the Louisiana Handicap.

    No Catching Friesan Fire in Louisiana 'Cap

    Favored Friesan Fire scored his first victory since romping in last spring's Louisiana Derby (gr. II) when he led all the way to take the $72,750 Louisiana Handicap at Fair Grounds by 1 3/4 lengths Jan. 23.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen

    Champion Trainer: Steve Asmussen

    Back-to-back Eclipse Awards for trainer of Rachel Alexandra and grade I winner Kodiak Kowboy, Hot Dixie Chick; led nation with $21.8 million in earnings

  • Zenyatta earned $3,330,000 in 2009 to become the fourth filly or mare to top the leading earners list.<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%3D8609665%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Girl Power: Females Rule 2009 Earnings List

    For the first time, female Thoroughbreds occupy the top two spots on the list of leading North American earners in 2009, according to final statistics released today by Equibase Company.

  • Friesan Fire Third in Fair Grounds Allowance

    Friesan Fire, sent off as the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), finished third in a Fair Grounds allowance contest in his first race back since the Preakness (gr. I).

  • Grade II winner Friesan Fire.

    Friesan Fire Returns to Races at Fair Grounds

    Vinery Stables and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire, who finished 18th of 19 as the 7-2 favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), is one of six horses entered in the Dec. 3 feature at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Super Saver romped to a five-length victory over William's Kitten in stakes-record time to win the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Super Win in Kentucky Jockey Club

    WinStar Farm's Super Saver romped to a five-length victory over William's Kitten in stakes-record time to win the $191,250 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs Nov. 28.

  • Haynesfield pulls away to take the Discovery.<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%3D8646330%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haynesfield Impressive Discovery 'Cap Winner

    Racing in graded stakes company for the first time since disappointing in the Gotham (gr. III) this spring, Haynesfield looked like a completely different 3-year-old this time around, as he took over approaching the quarter-pole and easily repelled odds-on favorite Gone Astray to win the $103,500 Discovery Handicap (gr. III) by 4 1/2 lengths Nov. 21 at Aqueduct.

  • Thisskyhasnolimit scores an upset victory in the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs.

    Iroquois Opens Up for Thiskyhasnolimit

    Overlooked Thiskyhasnolimit drove four wide through the homestretch under Shaun Bridgmohan to register his first stakes win by one length in the $120,800 Iroquois (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs Nov. 1.

  • Haynesfield's win in the Empire Classic was one of 4 stakes wins for Ramon Dominguez on Oct. 24.
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    Dominguez Bags Four Stakes at Belmont

    Ramon Dominguez rode four stakes winners Oct. 24 at rainy Belmont Park, including a three-quarters of a length victory by Haynesfield in the $250,000 Empire Classic.

  • Rachel Alexandra has returned to Churchill Downs.

    Rachel Alexandra Back at Churchill Downs

    Leading Horse of the Year candidate Rachel Alexandra returned to her home base at Churchill Downs Oct. 7 and settled into familiar surroundings in trainer Steve Asmussen's Barn 38 following a long van ride from Saratoga, where she spent much of the summer and the early days of fall.

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    Rachel Doing Well Day After Woodward

    Standing outside his barn at Saratoga the morning of Sept. 6, trainer Steve Asmussen was still basking in the glow of Rachel Alexandra's historic victory in the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) as he reported the filly came out of the race in good shape.

  • Hot Dixie Chick put away a pair of rivals and glided home to win the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga.<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%3D8460677%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hot Dixie Chick Makes Bold Statement

    Odds-on favorite Hot Dixie Chick served notice that she is among the elite 2-year-old fillies in the land, as she put away a pair of rivals in upper stretch and glided home for a 1 3/4-length score in the $300,000 Spinaway (gr. I) Sept. 6 at Saratoga.

  • Rachel Alexandra holds off Macho Again for an historic victory in the Woodward. <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%3D8459488%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Holds Off Macho Again in Woodward

    Rachel Alexandra cemented herself as one of the best fillies of all-time in a race for the ages, as she set a suicidal pace and then was all out under Calvin Borel to hold off a bold charge from Macho Again to win the $750,000 Woodward Stakes (gr. I) by a head in electrifying fashion Sept. 5 at Saratoga.

  • Western Smoke takes control in the Sapling Stakes at Monmouth.

    Western Smoke Wins Sapling, Just Like Sire

    Western Smoke repeated a feat accomplished by his daddy 13 years ago, winning the $150,000 Sapling (gr. III) at Monmouth Sept. 5 for his third consecutive stakes score. Now, if the 2-year-old colt can go on to do what Smoke Glacken did in his sophomore season, he will really be in business.

  • Schuylerville winner Hot Dixie Chick leads a field of nine juvenile fillies in the Spinaway.
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    Hot Dixie Chick the One to Catch in Spinaway

    Rachel Alexandra will steal all the headlines, but she won't be the only heavily-backed filly Steve Asmussen sends out in a grade I race this weekend at Saratoga. The nation's leading trainer also has Grace Stables' Hot Dixie Chick going in the $300,000 Spinaway (gr. I) on Sept. 6, and the daughter of Dixie Union figures to receive much of the attention at the windows.

  • Luna Vega overcame Spritely in the homestretch to post a mild surprise in the Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Stakes at Monmouth.

    Luna Vega Runs Away With Molly Pitcher

    Luna Vega overcame Spritely in the homestretch to post a mild surprise in the $223,000 Molly Pitcher Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 30 for her second win in as many starts on the Monmouth Park main track.

  • Trainer Hal Wiggins

    Wiggins to Retire After Churchill Meet

    After training horses for more three decades and having his career peak this year with the success of the sensational filly Rachel Alexandra, Hal Wiggins will ride off into the sunset of retirement at the end of Churchill Downs' fall meet in November.

  • Rachel Alexandra during her August 17th work at Saratoga.

    'Earnest' Discussions on Rachel's Next Start

    Rachel Alexandra breezed five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.37 on a foggy Monday morning on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course, after which trainer Steve Asmussen said discussions would begin "in earnest" on where the filly would make her next start.

  • Quality Road is on schedule to run in the Travers.<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%3D8408430%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Quality Road Works, On Schedule For Travers

    Quality Road, expected to be among the favorites for the $1 million Shadwell Travers (gr. I), turned in his first work since his record-setting victory in the Amsterdam (gr. II) Aug. 16 at Saratoga, covering six furlongs in 1:13.19.

  • Asmussen, Albarado Star at Charles Town

    With his superstar Rachel Alexandra waiting to make her next start, another 3-year-old filly punctuated a big night for trainer Steve Asmussen when Four Gifts took the $250,000 Charles Town Oaks by a half-length over Royal Card. Four Gifts' win provided Asmussen and jockey Robby Albarado their third stakes win on Charles Town Races & Slots inaugural Race for the Ribbon night Aug. 15.

  • Four Gifts headlines the inaugural Charles Town Oaks.<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%3D8063250%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Four Gifts Takes Center Stage at Charles Town

    Multiple graded stakes winner Four Gifts headlines the inaugural running of the $250,000 Charles Town Oaks, the feature race on Race for the Ribbon night to be held Aug. 15 at Charles Town Races & Slots.

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    Summer Bird Gallops; 'Rachel' in Great Shape

    Looking ahead to a possible start on the grass in the fall, trainer Tim Ice had Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Bird galloped the morning of Aug. 12 over the Oklahoma turf course as part of his preparations for the $1 million Shadwell Travers (gr. I) Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Rachel Alexandra

    'Rachel' Breezes at Spa; Next Start Unknown

    Preakness-winning filly Rachel Alexandra put in her first work at Saratoga Race Course the morning of Aug. 11 in preparation for her as-yet-to-be-determined next start, covering a half-mile in :50.72 under exercise rider Dominic Terry.

  • Haskell winner 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%3D8379868%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Rachel Back On Training Track at Saratoga

    Stonestreet Stable's Rachel Alexandra was on Saratoga's Oklahoma training track Aug. 6 for a gallop and will return to the work tab next week, most likely Aug. 11, trainer Steve Asmussen said.

  • Rachel Alexandra

    Countdown to the Cup: Three, two, one...Phht

    A story about Rachel Alexandra seems out of place in a column about the Breeders' Cup, but who cares. That's between Jess Jackson and the Breeders' Cup decision makers. Even though there will be no launching of the Rachel rocket on Nov. 7, it's still fun to "count down" to the imaginary blast off.

  • Kensei, winner of the 2009 Jim Dandy.

    Jim Dandy, Diana Stars Come Out in Good Shape

    Stonestreet Stables and Gulf Coast Farms' Kensei, who powered home to a 2 1/4-length victory over Warrior's Reward in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy (gr. II) came out of the race in good shape, according to trainer Steven Asmussen's assistant Larry Ulrich.

  • Kensei draws off to victory in the Jim Dandy. <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%3D8378421%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Kensei Much the Best in Jim Dandy

    Kensei notched his second straight grade II score Aug. 1 in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga, as he pulled away from Warrior's Reward in the stretch for a convincing victory under Edgar Prado.

  • Rachel Alexandra has been installed as the 4-5 favorite for the Haskell Invitational.
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    'Rachel' Heads Field of Seven in Haskell

    Although Rachel Alexandra has been installed as the 4-5 favorite for the $1.25-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) Aug. 2, she could face stiff competition from several of the six 3-year-old colts entered against her.

  • Hot Dixie Chick pulls away to capture the Schuylerville. <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%3D8373458%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hot Dixie Chick Romps in Schuylerville

    Favored Hot Dixie Chick showed she was more than a speed freak in the $111,000 Schuylerville Stakes (gr. III), rating patiently just off the pace before grabbing the lead and then pulling away to a 6 1/4 length victory July 29, the opening day of the Saratoga meeting in upstate New York.