Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen dominated the trainer standings at Churchill Downs' 2019 Spring Meet with 27 victories to win his record-extending 21st leading trainer title at the Louisville track.
Asmussen, 53, enters Saturday's card ready to eclipse 180 starts for the 38-day meet, smashing his previous record of 130 starters at the 2011 Spring Meet. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer won a milestone 700th victory June 22 at Churchill Downs when 5-year-old gelding Rocky Tough rallied to win the ninth race.
Asmussen accumulated four stakes victories at the Spring Meet including a trio of Grade I wins on Kentucky Derby weekend with She's a Julie ($500,000 La Troienne); Mitole ($500,000 Churchill Downs); and Mia Mischief ($500,000 Humana Distaff). Six weeks later, Mia Mischief would go on to defeat Awestruck and Covfefe in the $120,000-added Roxelana Overnight Stakes.
Entering Saturday's 12-race program, Asmussen had 703 career victories at Churchill Downs and trails all-time leader Dale Romans by 26 wins.
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