Louisville, KY (TTA)- The Texas Thoroughbred Association lifetime member and trainer Steve Asmussen has no less than seven horses he will send out on May 6 at Churchill Downs. In the grade 2 $200,000 Eight Belles Stakes, he will saddle 4/1 Stageplay for another lifetime TTA member – breeder/owner Mike Rutherford, as well as 3/1 Nickname for LNJ Foxwoods. Texas trainer Bret Calhoun trained the previous two winners: Accredited Texas-breds Promise Me Silver in 2015 and Fiftyshadesofgold in 2014.
In the Gr. 2 $400,000 Alysheba Stakes, Asmussen has 10/1 Top Billing for Texans W. S. Farish & E. J. Hudson Jr.
Asmussen sends out 15/1 Adore for owner Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC in the $150,000 Edgewood Stakes, and then has three in the Gr. 1 $1-million Longines Kentucky Oaks: 10/1 Terra Promessa and 20/1 Royal Obsession for Stonestreet Stables LLC. and 20/1 Taxable for Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC. Asmussen also trained Untapable, the 2014 Oaks winner.
For the 146th running of the $1-million Kentucky Derby, Asmussen will send out 10/1 Gun Runner for Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimneys Farm and 10/1 Creator for WinStar Farm LLC. Creator was bred by Mt. Brilliant Broodmares LLC, owned by TTA lifetime member and former Texan Greg Goodman.
New TTA members Ronny and Cody Ortowski of Gainesville, TX are part of Big Chief Racing LLC, Head of Plains Partners LLC and Rocker O Ranch LLC et al, the group who owns 8/1 Exaggerator.
Former director and TTA lifetime member Sam F. “Sonny” Henderson of Odessa owns 20/1 Suddenbreakingnews.