12 away from record, Asmussen has 3 starters Thursday

12 away from record, Asmussen has 3 starters Thursday
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After a day off Wednesday, Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen has three starters entered at two tracks Thursday, when he resumes his push to break the North American record for most Thoroughbred training victories.

With 9,433 wins, Asmussen is 12 shy of the record of 9,445 set between 1961 and 2007 by the late Dale Baird, according to Equibase.

Asmussen’s three Thursday entries (with morning-line odds) include:

Wicked Mad (2-1 favorite), 3-year-old colt, six-furlong maiden claiming, second race at Saratoga (1:38 p.m. EDT).

Pete the Beast (5-2) and Kingsten’s Gold (6-1), both 4-year-old colts and first-time starters, six-furlong maiden special weight, race 3 at Indiana Grand (4:27 p.m. EDT).

At his rate this year of 1.51 wins per day, Asmussen is on pace to break Baird’s record on or around July 30.

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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