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Saratoga celebration: Steve Asmussen breaks all-time record for career victories. Photo: NYRA/Chelsea Durand (Coglianese)

9,446 Steve Asmussen

USA: You’d have to come up with something pretty special for this slot to outflank Steve Asmussen’s feat on Saturday [August 7] when he became the all-time winningmost trainer in North America.

Stellar Tap, a two-year-old debutant, became the Hall of Fame trainer’s 9,446th winner in the fifth race at Saratoga to eclipse the previous record of 9,445 established by the late Dale Baird, who died in a car crash in 2007.

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7 Niels Petersen

Denmark: Danish trainer Niels Petersen was totally dominant at Klampenborg on Sunday [August 8] when he won seven consecutive races on the Dansk Derby card – including the feature event with the filly Iron Butterfly.

Petersen, who is based at Ovrevoll in Norway, had runners in only seven races on the card at the Copenhagen track. Iron Butterfly, one of four winners on the card for Ovrevoll champion jockey Carlos Lopez, was the trainer’s fourth Danish Derby winner after  Quite A Mission (2013), Daviici (2014) and Suspicious Mind (2016).

He has won 14 Scandinavian Derbys altogether, including three Svenskt Derbys (Duke Derby 2014, Nordic Defense 2018, Bullof Wall Street 2020) and seven Norwegian Derbys (Go Go Gadget 2010, Old Pal 2012, Eye In The Sky 2014, Our Last Summer 2016, Square De Luynes 2018, Privilegiado 2019, Whispering Ocean 2020).


8 Marianafoot

France: Marianafoot, a six-year-old trained in the French provinces by Jerome Reynier, completed a remarkable rise through the ranks on Sunday [August 8] when he recorded his eighth successive victory with a win in G1 company in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville.

Injured in Qatar last year when he was second in a race at Doha’s international meeting in February, Marianafoot returned to action by winning a minor conditions event on the all-weather at Deauville in December and then a €7,000 contest at Marseille-Pont de Vivaux the following month.

Gradually stepping up in grade, he had a couple of G3 wins to his name before Sunday’s impressive 1¾-length triumph over Tropbeau under Mickael Barzalona.


2,000 Chad Brown

USA: Four-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown recorded his 2,000th winner in the nightcap on Friday’s card [August 6] at Saratoga.

Brown landed the feature event, the G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, with Public Sector, before hitting the 2,000-mark by completing a double in the tenth-race finale with maiden claimer Digital Software.

“I’m running the ship and calling the shots, but I can’t do it without all my wonderful co-workers, all the great horses and all the people that taught you along the way,” Brown said.


23,000 Yutaka Take

Japan: Another landmark for Yutaka Take on Saturday [August 7] when he rode in the 23,000th race of his legendary career on the Japan Racing Association circuit – more than anybody else.

Take, 52, had his first ride on March 1, 1987 – 34 years and five months ago. He reached the milestone on Minimalism in the third race at Hakodate, a three-year-old maiden, in which the filly finished second of 16. Take’s career total of 4,283 victories is the highest in JRA history.

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