Aristides H. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 6.5f ,)

MOUNTAIN GENERAL (DK B/ g, 116 lb) $67,580
Mountain Cat —Tulira , by General Assembly
B—Curtis Green, KY.; O—Keith I. Asmussen; T—Steven M. Asmussen

Beau's Town (CH g, 123 lb) $21,800
Beau Genius —Frio Town , by Kerosene
B—Bryant H. Prentice III, AR.; O—Coast To Coast Racing Fund LLC and Hulkewicz, David; T—Cole Norman

Pass Rush (CH h, 118 lb) $10,900
Crown Ambassador —Profitable Knight , by Knight
B—Swifty Farms Inc., IN.; O—Michael B. Tabor; T—Patrick B. Byrne

Margins: head, neck, ¾. Others: Strength and Honor 114($5,450) , Twilight Road 116($3,270) , Slider 113 , Trion Georgia 114 . Winning Jockey, Corey J. Lanerie.

Multiple stakes winner Mountain General conquered another set of opponents. This time in the June 21 Aristides Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs for his fifth career stakes win.

Mountain General, sent off at 10-1 for trainer Steve Asmussen, made up a little more than two lengths with a furlong to run to score by a head over favorite Beau’s Town. The victory made up for Mountain General’s loss to Beau’s Town in the March 16 Pelleteri Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Fair Grounds. Mountain General ran second that day.

Asmussen’s father, Keith, bought Mountain General for $50,000 at the 1999 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale from Highclere, agent. The following year, the elder Asmussen consigned Mountain General to the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Florida February sale of 2-year-olds in training, where Mountain General failed to reach his reserve and was bought back for $85,000. Mountain General started at Keeneland that April and finished second.

Mountain General, a son of Mountain Cat out of the General Assembly mare Tulira, was gelded at the end of his 3-year-old season. “He’s a great horse to be around,” Steve Asmussen said. “He’s durable, sound, and consistent.”

Asmussen plans to send Mountain General to Saratoga for the summer. Two years ago at the Spa, Mountain General won an allowance race and ran second to the highly regarded Snow Ridge in another. His goal for the fall is the Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill. Mountain General finished second in the race last year.

Keith Asmussen, who owns and operates Asmussen Horse Center near Laredo, Texas, also races 2003 stakes winner Hannah’s Royalrock. A homebred, 3-year-old Hannah’s Royalrock won the restricted Valor Farm Stakes May 26 at Lone Star Park in her last start and was twice stakes-placed at Oaklawn Park earlier this year. She was a two-time stakes winner last year.

Mountain Cat, sire of Mountain General, has sired 18 stakes winners. Six of them are 2003 added-money winners, including Rojo Toro (gr. II) and White Cat (gr. IIIT). Mountain Cat stood at William T. Young’s Overbrook Farm near Lexington before he was sold and moved to the Jockey Club of Turkey.—D.S.