Steve Asmussen is edging closer and closer to making history. He is just ten wins away from becoming the winningest Thoroughbred trainer in North American history. He did not have a successful Sunday, however; no wins were recorded. But Asmussen has three entries to start on Monday.
"I'm anxious for it to happen," Asmussen told Ellis Park publicist Jennie Rees last week.
"I want to celebrate the accomplishment of it. But you will immediately worry about winning the next one." (Horse Racing Nation)
The three entries are:
BOLDOR — racing at Colonial Downs, Race 4, for the Da Hoss Stakes. BOLDOR breaks from post position two with a morning-line odds of 7-2. Sheldon Russell will be on board.
BELLA BELE — racing at Louisiana Downs, Race 3, a Claiming spot. BELLA BELLE breaks from the outside post position ten, with odds of 10-1. Joel Domniguez is on board.
PICKENS — racing at Louisiana Downs, Race 6, an Allowance Optional Claiming race. PICKENS breaks from the four hole with odds of 6-1. Joel Domninguez is also onboard for this mount.
Steve Asmussen currently has 9,435 career victories, 10 shy of the record set by the late Dale Baird.
Note that Asmussen began training horses in 1986, and operated in the midwest, per RemingtonPark. Perhaps his next milestone is going for world's winningest trainer, which has been established already in Peru: trainer Juan Suarez Villarroel has 9,872 victories. Read the full stats here.