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Steve Asmussen

Trainer

Asmussen was born into a racing family as his father and mother are both trainers and his brother Cash is a champion jockey. Steve has trained over 6000 winners and in 2009, shattered his own record for wins in a single year with 650 earning the Eclipse Award as the nation’s top trainer. Asmussen trained back-to-back Horse of the Year’s in Curlin and Rachel Alexandra and undefeated Eclipse Champion juvenile filly My Miss Aurelia in 2011.Other top runners include Kentucky Oaks winner Summerly, Regally Ready, Majesticperfection, Kodiak Kowboy, Haynesfield, Wilburn and Pyro.

Winchell Thoroughbreds

Owner

The Winchell family won the 2005 Kentucky Oaks with Summerly, and have made five starts in the Kentucky Derby: 1981 Classic Go Go, 4th; 1994 Valiant Nature, 13th; 2004 Tapit, 9th; 2007 Zanjero, 12th; 2008 Pyro, 8th. They were represented in 2010 by their homebred stakes winner Remit and as breeder of Paddy O’ Prado who finished third in Kentucky Derby 136. Winchell has a promising Kentucky Derby contender in Tapizar who most recently won the Grade III Sham Stakes at Santa Anita. Winchell Thoroughbreds is owned by Joan and her son Ron who took over the business when his father Verne passed away due to a heart attack in 2002. Ron owns a chain of restaurants in Las Vegas called Winchell’s Pub and Grill. They have raced graded stakes winners: War Echo, Hightap, Cuvee, Olympio, Sea Cadet, and Valiant Nature. They own Corinthia Farm near Lexington, Kentucky. Joan and Ron Winchell both reside in Las Vegas.

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