Steve Asmussen confirmed to the Daily Racing Form's David Grening that long-time assistant trainer Scott Blasi “has been relieved of his reponsibilities.”
Blasi, who had worked for Asmussen for 18 years, had been based at the Fair Grounds where Asmussen is the leading trainer with 57 wins through Friday.
Ron Winchell's racing manager, David Fiske, told DRF that Asmussen will continue to train Kentucky Derby contender Tapiture, as well as Kentucky Oaks heavyweight Untapable.
“I think it's just too close to the second and third of May to take these horses away from the people, the routine, the feed, and everything they've known for the last two years and put them someplace else,” Fiske told Grening. “That's not in the horses' best interests.”
Southwest winner and Rebel runner-up Tapiture is expected to start next in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park on April 12, while Rachel Alexandra winner Untapable will likely run in the Fair Grounds Oaks on March 29.
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