Steven Mark Asmussen is an American Thoroughbred racehorse trainer. His older brother, Cash Asmussen, currently a trainer himself, is a retired Eclipse Award-winning jockey and a champion in Europe. Asmussen began racing at age sixteen as a jockey, competing at racetracks in New Mexico, California, in 1986, he began training Thoroughbreds and American Quarter Horses in New Mexico. Asmussen graduated from United High School in Laredo in 1985 and he and his wife, Julie Marie Asmussen, have three sons. Asmussens grandmother, Helen M. Asmussen, died at the age of eighty-three, on Mothers Day,2007 and she followed every race that her grandsons entered. Some of the best horses have been trained and conditioned in Laredo, Asmussen is the first Laredoan to have a horse win any of the three legs of the Triple Crown. In 2016, his horse, Creator, won the Belmont Stakes, Asmussen is now the second all-time winning trainer with 7,287 wins. In 2008, he received the Eclipse Award as Outstanding Trainer, in 2008, Asmussen won a single-season record of 622 races. On December 6,2009, he surpassed his 2008 record with his 623rd race win, at Woodbine Racetrack near Toronto, similarly, in 2004 he collected 555 victories to break his 2003 record. As 2009 neared its end, Asmussen had won more than $21 million in purse earnings. Asmussens nomination into American thoroughbred racings Hall of Fame was tabled in 2014 because of allegtations of cruelty to animals, following the conclusion of two state investigations, Asmussen was restored to eligibility for Hall of Fame consideration in 2016. On April 25,2016, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame along with his most famous charge, Rachel Alexandra. Some of Asmussens top horses have come as a result of his partnership with the late Jess Jackson, jacksons racing operation, Stonestreet Stables, produced a couple of racing champions trained by Asmussen, Curlin and Rachel Alexandra. Curlin finished third in the 2007 Kentucky Derby and beat out Derby-winner Street Sense to win the 2007 Preakness Stakes. Curlin finished second in the 2007 Belmont Stakes to filly Rags to Riches, Curlin would win more Grade and Group 1 races in 2008, including the Dubai World Cup, Stephen Foster Handicap and Woodward Stakes. For his accomplishments, he was named American Horse of the Year in both 2007 and 2008, Rachel Alexandra was acquired by Stonestreet and transferred to the barn of Asmussen following the fillys win in the 2009 Kentucky Oaks. Under the new partnership, Rachel Alexandra would become the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes and she would beat colts again in the Haskell Invitational and win over older males in the Woodward Stakes en route to American Horse of the Year honors for 2009. Other notable horses trained by Asmussen include Doctor Decherd, Kodiak Kowboy, Private Vow, Pyro, Storm Treasure, PETA submitted complaints to the New York State Gaming Commission, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and several other local, state and federal agencies
Image: Asmussen 2016
Asmussen Horse and Rider Equipment is located near the intersection of Saunders and the Bob Bullock Loop in eastern Laredo.