|Asmussen First To Reach 500 Wins
at Lone Star Park
(July 3, 2004) - Trainer Steve
Asmussen became the first person to notch 500 career wins at Lone
Star Park, when Star of Caveat won Saturday's first race at the
Grand Prairie, Texas racetrack.
"I'm honored," said Asmussen, who resides in nearby Arlington,
Texas. "Lone Star has everything to do with the progress our
stable had made over the past few years. Hopefully, we've got 500
more and it's just the beginning of the record."
Asmussen, the top trainer in the nation this year with 287 victories
through Friday, has all but clinched his record fifth training title
at Lone Star. Saturday's victory was the 38-year-old Texan's 73rd
at the meet, which was 21 clear of defending champ Cole Norman.
Asmussen won four straight titles at Lone Star from 1999-2002.
In addition to being Lone Star Park's career win leader, Asmussen
holds track records for career stakes victories (36), career earnings
($11.8 million), single season earnings ($2.2 million in 2001),
single season stakes wins (eight in 1999), single day stakes wins
(four earlier this meeting on Memorial Day) and single day wins
(seven on July 14, 2002).
Corey Lanerie, Lone Star Park's all-time leading jockey with 470
wins, is the only horseman close to Asmussen's Lone Star win total.
Behind Asmussen in career training wins are Cole Norman (386), Dallas
Keen (175), Donnie K. Von Hemel (133), Bret Calhoun (129), Danny
Pish (121), Jim Gaston (121), Sam David Jr. (107), Joe Petalino
(94) and Troy Young (88).