steve asmussen

Dust and Diamonds Leaves Rivals Behind in Gallant Bloom Handicap

Dust and Diamonds tracked the early pacesetter in second, took command straightening for home, and held sway in the stretch to prevail by 1 ¼ lengths in the Grade 2, $200,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap on Saturday at Belmont Park. Content to follow Roman Treasure through an opening quarter-mile in 21.82 seconds and a half in […]

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Tapizar to skip Woodward, on to Kelso

Trainer Steve Asmussen had nominated both Tapizar and Prayer for Relief to next weekend’s Woodward at Saratoga, the plans for both horses has changed. Asmussen is now aiming Tapizar to the Kelso Stakes (gr. II) at Belmont on Sept. 29 and Prayer for Relief to the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington next Saturday. Tapizar won […]

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Daddy Nose Best headlines Hall of Fame Stakes

With his dynamic score in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby in late March, Daddy Nose Best headed into the Kentucky Derby as one of the hottest 3-year-olds in the country. When the son of Scat Daddy failed to deliver in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, trainer Steve Asmussen changed gears. On Friday, […]

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West Virginia Derby: Asmussen does it again

It is never wise to dismiss any horse that trainer Steve Asmussen ships in for the Grade 2 West Virginia Derby. Macho Macho accentuated this in Saturday’s 43rd edition of the race. Despite the presence of prohibitive favorite Hansen, the post-time odds on Macho Macho were 9-2. He was a medium-priced horse, but far from […]

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Prayer for Relief transferred to Asmussen

Multiple graded stakes winner Prayer for Relief has been transferred from trainer Bob Baffert to Steve Asmussen it was reported by the Thoroughbred Times. The 4-year-old son of Jump Start most recently finished sixth in the San Diego Handicap (gr. II) July 28. Owner Ahmed Zayat stated that the reason for the transfer would be […]

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Two-year-old filly, Teen Pauline, sets track record at the Spa

A swarm of reporters descended upon Saratoga Race Course winner’s circle after Teen Pauline broke the five-furlong track record in her debut, a maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies. “She’s special. She really is,” trainer Steve Asmussen responded when asked if he expected his charge to set a track record. Owner Barbara Banke of Stonestreet […]

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Nehro sidelined with ankle chips

Nehro, the 2011 Kentucky Derby runner-up who was most recently sixth in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 16, has been taken out of training and is scheduled to undergo surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington as early as this week to remove ankle chips, the colt’s owner, […]

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Asmussen, McNeill among inductees in Oklahoma Hall of Fame

Trainer Steve Asmussen, owner/breeder Don McNeill, track executive David Vance, and horses Kip Deville and Highland Ice comprise the 2012 list of inductees into the Oklahoma Horse Racing Hall of Fame it was announced June 22. The inductees will be honored in a ceremony to be held at Remington Park Sept. 26. The induction ceremony […]

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My Miss Aurelia has first breeze since returning to Asmussen

Undefeated juvenile filly champion My Miss Aurelia, breezed for the first time since returning to trainer Steve Asmussen’s barn, going an easy three furlongs in 39.20 on Friday. The 3-year-old daugher of Smart Strike has been sidelined with a shin injury since shortly after winning the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) last […]

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Nehro, Astrology, Fort Larned prepare for Stephen Foster

NEHRO, ASTROLOGY LIKELY STRONG DUO FOR ASMUSSEN IN GRADE I FOSTER – Trainer Steve Asmussen said Monday that he has “mixed emotions” about running the “two best horses” in his stable against an imposing field in the $400,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I), but he expects to have a double-barreled threat in the starting gate […]

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