11 away from record, Asmussen has 12 starters Saturday

11 away from record, Asmussen has 12 starters Saturday

After no wins on Friday, Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen has 12 starters entered at four tracks Saturday in his quest to break the North American record for most Thoroughbred training victories.

With 9,434 wins, Asmussen is 11 shy of the record of 9,445 set between 1961 and 2007 by the late Dale Baird, according to Equibase.

Asmussen’s 12 Saturday entries (with morning-line odds) include:

Much Better (4-1), 5-year-old gelding, six-furlong allowance/optional claiming, second race at Monmouth Park (12:42 p.m. EDT)

Elitch(4-1), 8-year-old gelding, 1 1/16-miles on turf starter/optional claiming, third race at Ellis Park (2:46 p.m. EDT)

Clairiere (9-5), 3-year-old filly, 1 1/8-miles Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), fifth race at Saratoga (3:23 p.m. EDT)

Flash Magic (7-2), 3-year-old filly, seven-furlong allowance, ninth race at Saratoga (3:39 p.m. EDT)

Fra Mauro (4-1), 6-year-old gelding, one-mile starter allowance on turf, fifth race at Ellis Park (3:42 p.m. EDT)

Street Voss (4-5), 3-year-old colt, 5 1/2 furlongs maiden-claiming, first race at Louisiana Downs (3:45 p.m. EDT)

Chileno (9-2), 2-year-old colt, six-furlong maiden special weight, sixth race at Saratoga (3:55 p.m EDT)

Vinegar Veggies (5-1), 2-year-old filly, five-furlong maiden special weight, sixth race at Ellis Park (4:10 p.m. EDT)

Calibrate (6-1), 3-year-old colt, 1 1/16-miles allowance/optional claiming, seventh race at Saratoga (4:29 p.m. EDT)

One Time Around (5-1), 4-year-old filly, six-furlong maiden special weight, seventh race at Ellis Park (4:40 p.m. EDT)

Foutte (4-1), 3-year-old filly, 5 1/2-furlong allowance on turf (also eligible), 11th race at Monmouth Park (5:02 p.m. EDT)

Onward (4-1), 4-year-old colt, five-furlong allowance on turf, seventh race at Louisiana Downs (6:21 p.m. EDT)

At his rate this year of 1.50 wins per day, Asmussen is on pace to break Baird’s record on or around July 31.

The world record is still perhaps 1 1/2 years away for Asmussen. Based in Peru, trainer Juan Suárez Villarroel has 9,871 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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