Still 3 wins away from record, Asmussen enters 5 Tuesday

Still 3 wins away from record, Asmussen enters 5 Tuesday
Photo: Baird family / Eclipse Sportswire

With no wins from three starters Monday, Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen remained three races from tying the record for most Thoroughbred training wins in North American history.

Asmussen’s career win total is still 9,442, according to Equibase. The current record of 9,445 was set by the late Dale Baird in career that spanned 1961-2007.

Five horses from the Asmussen stable were drawn into races at two tracks Tuesday. With morning-line odds they are:

Pickens (9-5 favorite), 4-year-old colt, $23,000 allowance optional claiming, six furlongs, second race at Louisiana Downs (4:11 p.m. EDT).

Bella Belle (7-2), 7-year-old mare, $9,500 claiming, about 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, race 3 at Louisiana Downs (4:37 p.m. EDT).

Treaty of Paris (7-2), 4-year-old filly, $28,500 claiming, one-mile on turf, sixth race at Indiana Grand (5 p.m. EDT).

Dreamonmebaby (4-1), 4-year-old gelding, $9,500 claiming, about 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, fifth race at Louisiana Downs (5:29 p.m. EDT).

Midnight Karma (9-2), 5-year-old mare, $20,000 allowance, 6 1/2 furlongs, race 6 at Louisiana Downs (5:55 p.m. EDT).

Although it is mathematically possible for Asmussen to break Baird’s record Tuesday, he is averaging one win 4.97 starts this year. His daily win rate in 2021 is 1.46.

If the chase were to continue past Tuesday, Asmussen has two horses entered to start Wednesday, none Thursday and two Friday. They include:

Demuro (10-1), 3-year-old colt, $40,000 maiden claiming, seven furlongs, second race at Saratoga (Wednesday, 1:38 p.m. EDT).

Casual (7-2), 4-year-old filly, $120,000 Shine Again Stakes, seven furlongs, eighth race at Saratoga (Wednesday, 5:05 p.m. EDT).

Jalen Journey, 6-year-old ridgling, $110,000 allowance optional claiming, 6 1/2 furlongs, race 4 at Saratoga (Friday, 2:49 p.m. EDT).

Shanghai’s Dream (6-5), 4-year-old colt, $19,500 claiming, six furlongs, race 6 at Ellis Park (Friday, 4:10 p.m. EDT).

The world record is still probably 1 1/2 years away for Asmussen. Based in Peru, trainer Juan Suárez Villarroel has 9,881 victories, according to the website Página de Turf. Since last fall Suárez Villarroel has averaged about 0.75 wins per day, meaning Asmussen could catch him in early 2023 if both maintain their current win rates.

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