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Gary West: Trainer Steve Asmussen knows a Kentucky Derby victory is out there, it just hasn’t happened yet

Have you ever won the Kentucky Derby? That’s the question everyone asks because that’s the race everyone knows. A few races are richer and a few might possess more championship heft, but throughout America’s vast cultural landscape, on the promontory of popular awareness, only the Kentucky Derby sits so high that everyone can see it. And on the first Saturday in May, the entire nation stops to...

Buyers looking for next racing superstar drive Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale numbers to records

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale ended Saturday following a 12-day run that saw commerce achieve heights not seen in nearly a decade. A spectacular crop of yearlings spurred bidding wars among domestic and foreign buyers throughout the auction, driving gross receipts above $300 million for the first time since 2008, while producing record average and median prices and the sale of 13 seven-figure...

That’s a Winner: Asmussen become just third trainer in Churchill Downs history to notch 600 wins

Steve Asmussen became only the third trainer in Churchill Downs history to saddle 600 winners at the home of the Kentucky Derby when the Hall of Fame horseman won Friday’s second race with 2-year-old filly She’s a Julie. Asmussen, 51, only trails fellow Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott (700) and Louisville native Dale Romans (685) for most wins as a trainer at Churchill Downs. Trainer Steve Asmussen...

Double-digit gains, $700,000 Pioneerof the Nile colt highlights at Keeneland September Yearling Sale

Spirited bidding among domestic and foreign buyers, double-digit increases in results and the sale of a Pioneerof the Nile colt for $700,000 headlined Sunday’s sixth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Competition for quality yearlings spurred healthy results, with active participation continuing from major domestic as well as buyers from England, Ireland, Russia, Korea, Panama and...

Billy Reed: Response to ‘serial cheaters’
like Asmussen will signal racing’s fate

(Kyforward file photo)   “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke   Mention Steve Asmussen and the wiseguys on the backstretch always would roll their eyes and shake their heads. They would tell you, privately, he wasn’t winning all those races, all over the country, strictly because he was a superior horseman. They would say...

Billy Reed: Response to 'serial cheaters' like Asmussen will signal racing's fate

(Kyforward file photo)   “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke   Mention Steve Asmussen and the wiseguys on the backstretch always would roll their eyes and shake their heads. They would tell you, privately, he wasn’t winning all those races, all over the country, strictly because he was a superior horseman. They would say...