Keyword: Steve Asmussen

  • Curlin

    Curlin, Stablemates in Classic Preps

    On a foggy, overcast morning Oct. 20 at Santa Anita Park, trainer Steve Asmussen worked three of his star stablemates, including Horse of the Year Curlin, who will contend against one another in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I).

  • 2008 Kentucky Cup Classic winner Zanjero has been retired.

    Grade II Winner Zanjero Retired

    Winchell Thoroughbreds has retired grade II winner Zanjero. Plans for the 2009 breeding season have not been finalized.

  • Rated Fiesty will try to earn her first victory of the season when she faces a dozen 3-year-old fillies in the Lexus Raven Run Stakes.

    Raven Run: Rated Fiesty Could be Tough

    Tough racing luck has kept Rated Fiesty from maintaining the undefeated streak she enjoyed as a juvenile. The daughter of Exchange Rate, owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and JMJ Racing Stable, tries again to reach the winner's circle for the first time this season Oct. 18 when she faces a dozen 3-year-old fillies in the $300,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.

  • Curlin, at left, works with stablemate Hawaii Calls between races Oct. 13 at Santa Anita. <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%3D6308537%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Curlin Works Toward Classic Start

    Curlin took another step closer to the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) when he executed a flawless workout between races at Santa Anita Oct. 13. With regular exercise rider Carlos Rosas aboard and in company with Hawaii Calls, Curlin traveled five furlongs in :59.11, galloping out in 1:12.14.

  • Magna Graduate<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%3D979269%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Magna Graduate to Stand At Darby Dan

    Magna Graduate, Elisabeth Alexander's multiple graded stakes-winning son of Honor Grades, will stand at Darby Dan Farm near Lexington upon the completion of his racing career, it was announced Oct. 10.

  • Red Giant in this year's Fourstardave Handicap. <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%3D5403345%0D%0A%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Haskin's Cup Countdown: A Time for Kudos

    Now that we're in the eye of the Breeders' Cup storm, with the deluge of preps behind us and the main event only two weeks away, this is the perfect time to recognize a trainer and a horse whose accomplishments may have gone overlooked - Steve Asmussen and Red Giant.

  • Curlin worked four furlongs at Santa Anita on Oct. 6.

    Curlin, Student Council Work at SA

    With trainer Steve Asmussen looking on, Curlin worked over the Pro-Ride synthetic surface at Santa Anita early the morning of Oct. 6. The trainer, who has made no secret of the fact that he prefers dirt over synthetic surfaces, said that he could not make any decision about Santa Anita's new surface on the basis of just one work.

  • Curlin and Robby Albarado make history in the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

    Curlin's Gold Cup Triumph Makes History

    Curlin made racing history by winning the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr.I) at Belmont Park in New York Sept. 27. Curlin's victory, which was worth $450,000, made the colt the richest North American-based Thoroughbred of all-time and the first to vault past the $10-million mark.

  • Fairbanks heads a field of seven older horses in the Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap.<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%3D949150%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Hawthorne Gold Cup: Fairbanks Wants More

    Fairbanks, who enters off a resounding stakes victory at Saratoga last month, heads a field of seven older horses in the $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap (gr. II) Sept. 27, all of them hoping to establish themselves as a Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) contender.

  • Curlin cools out at Saratoga after his four furlong workout Sept. 22.

    Curlin 'Perfect' in Work for Gold Cup

    Horse of the Year Curlin had a "perfect" workout Sept. 22 in his final move before attempting to become the first American racehorse to break the $10-million mark in the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I) at Belmont Park Sept. 27.

  • Curlin wins the Woodward (gr. I) with something in reserve.

    Relaxed Mood at Curlin's Saratoga Barn

    It was a mellow Sunday morning at trainer Steve Asmussen's barn at Saratoga Race Course following champion Curlin's 1 1/4-length victory over Past the Point in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) on Aug. 31.

  • Ontario-bred Bonuses May Boost Sale

    The Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society yearling sale is hoping to get a boost from new bonuses offered at Woodbine to Ontario-bred runners. The purse bonuses are attracting new buyers to the sale, like top U.S. trainer Steve Asmussen.

  • Parker Buckley

    Exercise Rider Parker Buckley Dies

    Former jockey Parker Buckley, an exercise rider for trainer Steve Asmussen, died Aug. 19 at Albany Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., following an Aug. 18 accident on the Oklahoma training track at Saratoga Race Course.

  • Exercise Rider Buckley Critical

    Parker Buckley, a former jockey who was working as an exercise rider for trainer Steve Asmussen, is in critical condition following an Aug. 18 accident at Saratoga's Oklahoma training track.

  • Claiming Crown Returns to Canterbury

    Robert Cole Jr.'s Coyoteshighestcall, a 6-year-old son of Regal Humor who has set two track records in the last 10 months, highlights a field of nine of the $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel, the feature of the 10th annual Claiming Crown to be held Aug. 2 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota.

  • Pimlico Special winner Student Council is preparing to defend his title in the Pacific Classic.<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%3D4532482%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Student Council Eyes Pacific Classic

    Millennium Farms' Student Council, second in the July 26 Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, is preparing to defend his title in the $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) on Aug. 24 at Del Mar in California.

  • Smarty Jones

    Smarty Jones Has First Winner in U.S.

    Nine days after having his first 2-year-old winner in Puerto Rico, Smarty Jones registered his first winner in the United States when Zayat Stables' Keefer broke his maiden in his first start at Monmouth Park July 20.

  • Trainer Steve Asmussen

    Lawyer: Asmussen to Fight Drug Positive

    Trainer Steve Asmussen was notified June 26 that a horse in his care tested positive for the Class 2 substance lidocaine following a May 10 maiden special weight race at Lone Star Park, and his lawyer said Asmussen would fight the charge.

  • Pyro pulls away in the Northern Dancer.<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%3D4832193%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pyro's Heat Re-Found in Northern Dancer

    Pyro's form of old returned June 14 at Churchill Downs as the son of Pulpit powered to a 1 3/4-length win over five fellow 3-year-olds in the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. III). The Steve Asmussen-trained colt covered the 1 1/16 miles of the $190,925 race in 1:43.53.

  • Curlin turned in a six furlong work at Churchill Downs June 2.

    Curlin Gears Up for Stephen Foster

    Stonestreet Stable and Midnight Cry Stable's Curlin dazzled onlookers with a strong work at Churchill Downs June 2 as the reigning Horse of the Year tuned up for planned run in the $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 14.

  • Student Council takes the Pimlico Special over pacesetter Gottcha Gold.<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%3D4532482%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Student Council Grinds Out 'Special' Win

    Millennium Farms' Student Council, who hadn't hit the board in four starts since his victory in the Hawthorne Gold Cup (gr. II) last September, rallied from off the pace in the mud to win the grade I Pimlico Special May 16 at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Presque Isle Ready for Second Season

    Live Thoroughbred racing will return to the Erie, Pa., area May 9 when Presque Isle Downs commences its 2008 meet. Presque Isle's 100-day season will extend through Sept. 27, with a daily post time of 5:30 p.m. EDT.

  • Steve Asmussen

    Asmussen Aims for Sixth Ky. Stakes Win

    The Kentucky Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds has been the exclusive property of trainer Steve Asmussen for the past five years. Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Merkel will attempt to run the string to six May 1, when he faces seven foes in the $150,000, five-furlong race. A son of Forest Wildcat, Merkel will break from the rail under Shaun Bridgmohan. Asmussen scored in this race with Posse (2002), Cuvee (2003), Lunarpal (2004), Datrick (2006), and Rated Fiesty (2007), with all but Cuvee being owned by Heiligbrodt.

  • Grade I winner Majestic Warrior heads the April 26 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs

    Four Graded Winners Contest Derby Trial

    Kinsman Stable's Majestic Warrior, winner of the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga last summer in his second career start, heads a field of 10 3-year-olds entered in the 84th running of the $100,000-added Derby Trial at Churchill Downs April 26.

  • Pyro, shown working April 7, worked in a heavy fog at Keeneland April 21.<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%3D4127348%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pyro Works Six Furlongs in...Who Knows?

    If you were looking for a sign that Pyro has bounced out of his Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) fiasco in top shape and is back to being the Pyro of old, you certainly didn't get it Monday morning when the colt worked six furlongs in fog so thick it wasn't able to be timed by the Keeneland clockers.

  • Curlin winning the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).

    Curlin Back to Work after Dubai Trip

    Nearly two weeks after returning to the United States following his record victory in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), reigning Horse of the Year Curlin resumed work April 21 with a short breeze at Keeneland through a thick curtain of fog.

  • Fairbanks will carry high-weight in the Bill Hartack Memorial Handicap.<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%3D949150%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Fairbanks Favored in Bill Hartack 'Cap

    Team Valor International's Fairbanks has not won in more than a year, but is still the horse to beat April 19 when he takes on four geldings in the inaugural $200,000 Bill Hartack Memorial Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne Race Course.

  • Eight Belles won her third consecutive stakes in the Fantasy (gr. II) April 6 at Oaklawn.

    Fantasy: Eight Belles Scores Another Win

    Eight Belles continued her quest to become the best 3-year-old filly in the nation, as the daughter of Unbridled's Song overcame a poor start to win by three-quarters of a length in the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) April 6 at Oaklawn Park, her third consecutive stakes triumph.

  • J Be K scores an easy win in the Bay Shore under Garrett Gomez.<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%3D4084530%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    J Be K Dominant in Bay Shore Romp

    Talented sprinter J Be K made it a perfect three-for-three around one turn, as the 3-year-old Silver Deputy colt easily put away six rivals to win the $150,000 Bay Shore Stakes (gr. III) by five lengths April 5 at Aqueduct.

  • Honeybee winner Eight Belles faces three in the Fantasy.<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%3D3918866%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Eight Belles Faces Three in Fantasy

    Though Larry Jones was tempted to run his ultra-talented 3-year-old filly Eight Belles against the boys in the $1-million Arkansas Derby (gr. II) April 12, the trainer has decided to take the safer route, and instead will line up the daughter of Unbridled's Song in the $250,000 Fantasy Stakes (gr. II) April 6 at Oaklawn Park.

  • Ahead of Her Time, shown winning the 2008 Camelia Stakes, was euthanized after a sesamoid fracture.

    Ahead of Her Time Euthanized

    Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's 4-year-old filly Ahead of Her Time, who was named Louisiana's 2007 champion 3-year-old filly, recently fractured a sesamoid during a morning training session and was euthanized.

  • HRTV to Telecast Dubai World Cup Day

    HorseRacing TV will provide live coverage of Thoroughbred racing's richest day when it presents Dubai World Cup Day from Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates on March 29.

  • Louisiana Derby winner Pyro had an easy gallop at Keeneland on March 20th.<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%3D3811572%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Pyro Gallops After Arriving at Keeneland

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, likely favorite for Keeneland's $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) April 12, stretched his legs in an easy mile gallop March 20 over the main Polytrack.

  • Julien Leparoux earned his second consecutive KTM award with 231 winners in Kentucky last year.

    KTM Award to Leparoux, Asmussen, Ramseys

    Jockey Julien Leparoux and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey were repeat winners as leading jockey and owner, while Steve Asmussen moved back atop the trainer rankings in the 18th Kentucky Thoroughbred Media Awards, which are presented annually to Kentucky's statistical leaders in racing.

  • Steve Asmussen will send out Pyro (shown) and J Be K in the Louisiana Derby.<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%3D3542585%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Asmussen Stablemates to Run in La. Derby

    With some important Triple Crown prep races on tap for the weekend of March 8, many trainers are looking for victories that could bring them closer to stamping their contenders' tickets for the first Saturday in May.

  • Indian Blessing wiil face just three foes in the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 8.

    Indian Blessing Favorite in FG Oaks

    Eclipse Award winner Indian Blessing and archrival Proud Spell match strides for a third time in the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) at Fair Grounds March 8.

  • Breeders' Cup Winner and champion Indian Blessing tops a roster of 165 fillies nominated to the Kentucky 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%3D2626382%26ref%3Dstory">Order This Photo</a>

    Indian Blessing Tops Kentucky Oaks Noms

    Hal and Patti Earnhardt's unbeaten Indian Blessing, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2007, and winner of the $2 million Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), tops a roster of 165 3-year-old fillies nominated to compete in the 134th running of the $500,000 Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on Friday, May 2.

  • Triple Crown Talk Blog

    BloodHorse staff writer/blogger Jason Shandler takes to the Triple Crown Trail with a look at the "Derby Drought" that has followed three of the best trainers in the world - Bill Mott, Todd Pletcher and Steve Asmussen. Though between them they have more than $420 million in purse money and nearly 10,000 wins, the dynamic trio is a combined 0-for-30 on Derby day.

  • Curlin, with Carmen Rosas on board, gets his first taste of the Nad Al Sheba racecourse, and is accompanied by Scott Blasi on his pony Poncho.

    Curlin Canters at Nad Al Sheba

    Horse of the Year Curlin looked in great shape Feb. 20 when he took his first look at the main dirt track of Nad Al Sheba, home to his main target, the $6million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), sponsored by Emirates Airline.

  • Pyro had an eventful five-furlong workout Feb 18 at his Fair Grounds base.

    Pyro Works; Avoids Loose Horse

    Winchell Thoroughbreds' Pyro, impressive winner of the Feb. 9 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, worked Feb. 18 at the New Orleans track and had to avoid a loose horse in the process.

  • Curlin, shown working out at Fair Grounds, has arrived in Dubai Feb. 17 and will be quarantined for 48 hours before resuming training Feb. 20.

    Curlin Settles in at Nad Al Sheba

    Horse of the Year Curlin arrived in Dubai the evening of Feb. 17 with "pep in his step," in the words of assistant trainer Scott Blasi, and seems eager to begin an assault on Cigar's all-time earnings record with two starts at Nad Al Sheba Racecourse topped by the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 29.