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Asmussen Could Break Win Record Tonight, Hello Ladies Wins Feature
Steve Asmussen, defending leading trainer at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and last year’s Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s top conditioner, won the first race at Remington Park and the ninth race at Aqueduct on Sunday to equal the national record of 622 victories he set in 2008 for most North American wins by any trainer in a single calendar year.
Asmussen did not win at Fair Grounds on Sunday but has several more chances to break the record late Sunday afternoon and Sunday night with entrants at Hawthorne, Woodbine, Zia Park and Sam Houston.
Hello Ladies Bests Klassi Berti in Sunday Feature
After a hard-fought stretch duel, Burning Sands Stable’s front-running Hello Ladies, with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard, narrowly defeated the tenacious Klassi Berti by a nose in Sunday’s $47,000 featured six-furlong sprint at Fair Grounds.
Hello Ladies, trained by Morris Nicks, returned mutuels of $11.40, $4.80 and $2.20, toured the distance in 1:11.35 after setting early fractions of 22.44 and 46.13 and increased his career earnings to $208,209 with his 16th career victory in 49 career starts.
Klassi Berti paid $4.60 and $2.60, while finishing third 3 3/4-lengths farther back was the favored Moyer’s Pond, who returned $2.10 to show.
Racing resumes Monday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program beginning at 1 p.m. as the local oval concludes its first week of five-days-a-week racing.