Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen, left, celebrates his 10,000th North American winner at Oaklawn
Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen’s unprecedented 10,000th career win, registered at Oaklawn on Feb. 20, came just a couple of weeks after LeBron James surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the National Basketball Association’s all-time leading scorer. The latter record, 38,387 points, set by Abdul-Jabbar at the end of a 20-year career in 1989, was a mark that many sports fans thought could stand forever.
That’s also true of Asmussen, who surpassed Dale Baird as North American Thoroughbred racing’s all-time leading trainer by wins with his 9,446th victory at Saratoga on Aug. 7, 2021. With each win, Asmussen is putting more and more distance between himself and his closest pursuers in that category (Jerry Hollendorfer, also a member of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame, is second among active trainers with 7,759 wins).
At 57 years old, Asmussen would appear to have many years ahead of him to further pad his lead.
In this week’s Friday Show, Ray Paulick is joined by bloodstock editor Joe Nevills to discuss Asmussen’s seemingly unbeatable record and those of some other well-known and not so known horses and people who figure to be in the record books forever.
Not all records are meant to be broken.
Watch this week’s episode of the Friday Show below:
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