STEVE ASMUSSEN BECOMES SECOND TRAINER TO WIN 1,000 RACES AT REMINGTON PARK
When Bring the Dough won the third race at Remington Park on Saturday night, Steve Asmussen became only the second trainer to win 1,000 career races here.
It was the only win on the card for Asmussen, so he remains at 1,000 going into racing next week on Oct. 9. He trails only Donnie Von Hemel, who has 1,046 lifetime triumphs at Remington Park. Von Hemel entered this season with 1,036 victories and has made it to the winner’s circle 10 times this thoroughbred meeting. Asmussen had 968 as the season started and has won 32 times. Sitting in third, fourth and fifth in the lifetime standings are Joe Offolter with 525, Clinton Stuart with 418 and Kenny Smith with 387.
“This is really special,” Asmussen said. “Donnie is a great horsemen and we grew up with similar backgrounds in horse racing. We go all the way back to the start of Remington Park and it’s been an honor to battle with him.”
Asmussen has a 15-win lead in the current meet’s standings 32-17 over second-place Karl Broberg. Federico Villafranco is third with 11 and Von Hemel is fourth.
The celebration was on after the third when Bring the Dough took the suspense away, drawing away to win by six lengths under jockey Ramon Vazquez. The 3-year-old gelded son of Bernardini, out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Maristar, went off as the 3-5 favorite and looked the part coming down the stretch. The gelding is also owned by Asmussen. It was the 11th time Bring the Dough had tried to break his maiden and he did it in style.
Trainer Ingrid Mason claimed Bring the Dough from the Asmussen barn for $20,000 at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. on March 3 this year, getting the gelding from owner and breeder Three Chimneys Farm, for her owner Muddy Waters Stable. Asmussen thought enough of Bring the Dough to claim him back for $30,000 his next race at Oaklawn on April 11 and now is the sole owner
Bring the Dough earned $5,745 for this 1,000th Asmussen victory and now has a lifetime line of 11 starts, one win, one second, and one third for a $24,894 bankroll. He covered the seven furlongs race in 1:25.89 seconds over fast track, cutting into fractions of :23.16 seconds for the quarter-mile, :47.09 for the half-mile and 1:12.57 for three-quarters of a mile. Vazquez sat back in sixth after the first quarter and took over coming into the stretch on the lead by 2-1/2 lengths.
Bring the Dough paid $3.40 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.40 to show.
Live racing continues Wednesday, Oct. 9 through Saturday, Oct. 12 next week. The first race nightly is at 7 p.m.
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