Steve became the leading trainer in North America by wins, surpassing Dale Baird’s record, when he scored win number 9,446 during the 2021 Saratoga meet. He is a two-time Eclipse award-winning trainer, inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Steve has trained the winners of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Preakness Stakes, the Belmont Stakes, the Kentucky Oaks just to name a few. Two of his most famous champions are Stonestreet Stables’ Curlin and Rachel Alexandra.
Steve was raised in Texas by his father Keith, a former jockey, and his mother Marilyn, a trainer. His parents operate El Primero Training Center in Laredo. Steve and his wife Julie Marie Asmussen have three sons, all of whom share the family passion for thoroughbred racing.