Steve Asmussen captures Sam Houston’s lead trainer title for the 14th time
Jockey Stewart Elliott earned his second lead driver title at Sam Houston Race Park, holding off a highly controversial effort from Ry Eikleberry heading into the final week of racing, which concluded on Saturday.
Elliott had the support of the competition’s leading trainer, Steve Asmussen, who entered the first call for the Hall of Fame conditioner while piloting 296 mounts, winning 62 races and funding $1,490,006. The successful partnership between Elliott and Asmussen began in Houston two years ago and continues at Lone Star Park and Remington Park.
A compelling rivalry between Elliott and Ry Eikleberry played out throughout the season, with the two respected veterans separated by a win before the final week. Elliott came out to defend his title, but kindly asked Eikleberry to join him for the awards presentation.
“Stewart is a great guy and he deserves it,” Eikleberry said. “He’s been the man in the arena for a long time and a complete class act!”
The Phoenix, Arizona native finished second to Elliott here last year and has been his main rival since the start of Sam Houston’s 2022 season.
Ernesto Valdez Jimenez He finished third in the standings with 41 wins.
Asmussen won his 14the training title at the northwest Houston racetrack, furthering his respected legacy and his support of Texas racing. He was honored as the best coach here in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Asmussen started with 259 runners, finishing with a record 51 wins, 41 seconds, 55 thirds and earnings of $1,554,306. He conditions Stonestreet Stable LLC’s Pauline’s Pearl, winner of the richest race of the annual Sam Houston Thoroughbred season, the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic (G3) on Jan. 30.
“We are very proud of the success we have in Texas,” Asmussen said. “Winning the main race from the Sam Houston reunion to the Stonestreet reunion means a lot.”
The nationally prominent jockey, who tops Equibase’s 2022 leaderboard in wins and is close to Todd Pletcher in earnings, has always shown his allegiance to Texas racing. He continues to be grateful for the passage of Bill 2463 by the Texas House of Representatives on September 1, 2019, which was initiated to boost the state’s racing and breeding industry.
“It’s extremely important where the money comes from,” Asmussen said. “Having bags generated from equine-generated tax revenue is great and will hopefully affect the quality of Texas racing.”
Charles Broberg he also had a very solid encounter, finishing second in the manager’s standings with 41 wins. JR Caldwell followed with 34 wins.
end zone athletics inc. came to a clear advantage in the owners standings, starting with 137 Thoroughbreds and posting 22 wins, 29 seconds and 18 third places. The ownership group, founded by Karl Broberg, has been a force at Sam Houston for more than a decade with previous titles in 2018 and 2020.
“I want to thank my assistant Artemio Ramirez, who handled the Houston rope, as well as Clemente Montoya and Abel Ramirez for their hard work,” Broberg said.
He also recognized the skill of Ry Eikleberry, his first named driver at Sam Houston Race Park.
“Ry has done an amazing job,” he added. “I’m lucky to have him on our team.”
L and G Racing Stables finished second with 16 wins. Steve Asmussen, who has won top owner honors at Sam Houston seven times, finished tied for third with Danny R. Caldwell. They both won 12 races.
Farmers filly racing He had 40 starts, won 11 races to complete the top four places.