10 away from record, Asmussen has 7 starters on Sunday

10 away from record, Asmussen has 7 starters on Sunday
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After one win Saturday, Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen has seven starters entered at three tracks Sunday in his quest to break the North American record for most Thoroughbred training victories.

With 9,435 wins, Asmussen is 10 shy of the record of 9,445 set between 1961 and 2007 by the late Dale Baird, according to Equibase.

Asmussen’s seven Sunday entries (with morning-line odds) include:

Trade Secret (2-1), 2-year-old filly, six-furlong maiden special weight, first race at Saratoga (1:05 p.m. EDT).

Lovely Lisa (3-1), 2-year-old filly, 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weight, fourth race at Ellis Park (3:14 p.m. EDT).

Reinecke (6-1), 3-year-old filly, 1 1/16-mile allowance, fifth race at Ellis Park (3:42 p.m. EDT).

Shared Future (7-2), 2-year-old filly, six-furlong maiden special weight, sixth race at Saratoga (3:55 p.m. EDT).

Best Time (5-1), 3-year-olds colt, one-mile maiden special weight, sixth race at Ellis Park (4:10 p.m. EDT). Stablemate Suppressor (20-1) was scratched. 

Excession (9/2), 4-year-old colt, one-mile allowance optional claiming, seventh race at Ellis Park (4:40 p.m. EDT).

Twiddle (2-1), 3-year-old filly, six-furlong maiden special weight, fifth race at Louisiana Downs (5:29 p.m. EDT).

At his rate this year of 1.49 wins per day, Asmussen is on pace to break Baird’s record on or around next Sunday.

The world record is still perhaps 1 1/2 years away for Asmussen. Based in Peru, trainer Juan Suárez Villarroel added one win Saturday and has 9,872 victories, according to the website Página de Turf. Since last fall Suárez Villarroel has averaged about 0.75 wins per day, meaning Asmussen could close the gap by early 2023 if both maintain their current win rates.

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