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Record 4,000 Career Win For Asmussen

(Steve Asmussen, an ex- jockey who became an instructor after going up too big to continue riding competitively. Asmussen obtained his 4,000th career victory when J J's Bud won the third competition on Sunday at Oaklawn Park.

The 42- years-old Asmussen got his jockey's license when he was 16 and he spent three years riding in California, New York and New Mexico. Moreover; Steve Asmussen initiated his preparation and training career in New Mexico in 1986.

Presently, Asmussen who is a native from Gettysburg, South Dakota but who is now living in Arlington, Texas keeps an eye on numerous divisions of horses that yearly place him between the leading North American instruction by wins and reward earnings. Asmussen had 22 starters at six different paths this past Saturday.

Asmussen achieved 555 winners in 2004 to smash Jack Van Berg's record of 496 wins which was reached in 1976. Asmussen also guided all North American trainers by victories in the season 2005 with a total of 474 victories. Steve repeated that accomplishment last year with 488 triumphs.

The 18,961 Asmussen's starters had as well obtained 3,221 runner-ups and 2,717 third-places closes. Moreover they had compiled $110,856,103 in winning earnings all the way through Saturday. Asmussen obtained 76 of his victories in ranked stake competitions, obtaining the trainer 2007 Horse of the Year Recognition and leading the champion - three-year-old male Curlin.

Subsequent to posting a 12 3/4-length first appearance triumph last year in a maiden special heaviness race at Gulfstream Park intended for instructor Helen Pitts, Curlin joined Asmussen's shed. The Smart Strik horse succeeds five of his next eight starts, including wins in the Breeders' Cup Classic Powered by Dodge (G1) and in the Preakness Stakes (G1).

Asmussen's has also been related to the three-year-old Triple Crown promising Pyro and Z Fortune, who are the first- and second-place finishers, respectively, in the Risen Star Stakes (G3) at Fair Grounds on February 9th.

Keith, Asmussen's father, is a former jockey and also a coach. On the other side his mother, Marilyn, trained horses. He initiated helping his parents when he was five. Steve walked the horses, cleaned stalls and mislaid part of his thumb in a youth age accident while he was holding a horse through a fence.

Asmussen's brother, Cash, won the Eclipse Award as North America's exceptional beginner jockey in 1979 and was also a champion jockey in Europe. The Asmussen family manages El Primero Training Center in Laredo, Texas.

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