01/06/2015 12:35PM

Asmussen kept off 2015 Hall of Fame ballot

Barbara D. Livingston
Steve Asmussen is the second leading trainer by wins of all time,

Steve Asmussen, the second-winningest trainer of all time and the trainer of horses who won three consecutive titles as Horse of the Year, again will not be on the final ballot for this year’s Hall of Fame pending investigations by racing authorities in Kentucky and New York, the Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.

Asmussen was on the original final ballot last year but had his status “tabled,” according to the Hall of Fame’s executive committee, after investigations were launched following a video produced by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that largely focused on Asmussen’s top assistant, Scott Blasi. To date, no charges have been filed against Asmussen or Blasi. Blasi was fired by Asmussen after the video emerged last spring but was rehired in July.

In a notice sent Tuesday to Hall of Fame voters soliciting nominations for this year’s ballot, the Hall of Fame said, “Since the process leading to the 2015 election is beginning before either of the state racing commissions’ investigations in Kentucky and New York into Asmussen have been concluded, the tabling of Asmussen’s candidacy remains in effect for the 2015 election.”

Asmussen, 49, has won 6,930 races in his career. He trained Curlin, who was Horse of the Year in 2007 and 2008, and Rachel Alexandra, who was Horse of the Year in 2009. Asmussen has won five Breeders’ Cup races, including the 2014 Distaff with Untapable. He also has won the Kentucky Oaks twice, including last year with Untapable. Asmussen was the Eclipse Award-winning trainer in 2008 and 2009.

The final Hall of Fame ballot consists of the top 10 who receive support from a 14-person nominating committee, which is one level below the executive committee. The top 10 can include any combination of horses, trainers, and jockeys. Last year, Asmussen was one of the top 10 chosen for the final ballot by the nominating committee, but after the video was released, the executive committee ruled that his nomination be “tabled,” a status that remains in effect for this year’s ballot, according to Brien Bouyea, the communications officer for the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Chas More than 1 year ago
There are some really bitter, people hating of Asmussen posting comments like Mike, Tommy and Natasha...wondering if they would say those comments to Asmussen's face? Personally, I am not a big fan of Asmussen and feel he hasn't done a good enough job cleaning up his act...the rehire of Blasi was a joke...but, at the same time for the Hall of Fame to keep Asmussen of the ballot is nothing short of hypocrisy on their part...like the Hall of Fame is all the reasoning of this sport...instead of being worried that Asmussen will get elected if on the ballot(I doubt he would)they should let him be nominated...baseball has allowed Bonds, Clemens and the rest of the players involved in the steroids issue to be on the ballot and they are not getting voted in...
tommy More than 1 year ago
When assmussen win the triple crown we will put him in the hall of fame!! How can "you" and drf say he deserves to be in the hall of fame now and not trainers from affirmed, secretariat, who actually won the triple crown?? In order to make it to the hall of fame you need to win he triple crown !!!!!!! If not, then every trainer and every person that owns an animal deserves to be in the hall of fame!!!
Kenneth Black More than 1 year ago
THEN THERE WOULD BE ALL OF WHAT HALF A DOZEN PERIOD IN THERE???? c.whittingham b.frankel, jack van berg???? elliot burch, ron m. todd pletcher ,hell bob baffert and d.w.lukas ??? not one of these legends and they are all true legends in the game would be members and any hall of fame that doesnt include each and everyone of these true LEGENDS isnt a hall of fame at all!!
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
So true Mr. Black. By the way, I never got to meet you in person, but I just want to tell you watching you ride years ago in Arizona was a pleasure. You really were amazing. Thank you.
tommy More than 1 year ago
Hall of fame is supposed to be reserved for the best in the game and must only include triple crown winners. If not then I have the right to say California chrome is way better than affirmed and secretariat and will beat them by 10 lengths in a race. Of course California chrome has no chance against secretariat and affirmed just as assmussen has no chance against trainers of secretariat and affirmed!!!
mike More than 1 year ago
Yeah Chas I would say it in a heartbeat.
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mike More than 1 year ago
He needs to be at the hands of a beating.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Yeah, that video must be playing in your mind.
Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
Where the heck is that video?! Why hasn't anyone else seen this video. I want all illegal drugs stopped as much as anyone who loves horses, but that seems to be an outrageous post. Sorry I don't buy it.
saratogajunkie More than 1 year ago
What ever happened to Innocent until proven guilty? If this is the" committee's " logic then should they also table Untapable's eclipse award??? I think not.
mike More than 1 year ago
He isn't fit to train. Are you going to ignore the many times he's been in hot water over the past several years?
tommy More than 1 year ago
They got him on video, look on YouTube and type asmussen horse training ASPCA . He is lucky he didn't do jail time along with rudy rodriguez !! They got him on tape for animal abuse, illegal drug substance usage, and also giving tranquilizers to other peoples horse so that they will lose which is CHEATING !!
Mel More than 1 year ago
Actually it now comes to live that the videos were edited by PETA. Anyone paying attention or listening to these left wing loony zealots is a fool. These people have an agenda and it is to suit their causes, not to be honest and forthright. Tommy your "facts" are totally inaccurate.
Mel More than 1 year ago
Actually it now comes to LIGHT* ........
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Billy Turner and Jean Cruguet belong in The Hall with Seattle Slew.
natasha More than 1 year ago
He should never be allowed to be on it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He does not deserve to be in the Hall Of Fame...the end
mike More than 1 year ago
That's the way I see it.
Kenneth Black More than 1 year ago
boy here we go again with this BS POSTING DEROGATORY comments about or concerning someones character and even more importantly someones livilyhood, and then being so spineless as to sign it .....???????? Oh never mind they didnt sign it,unless you count "ANONYMOUS" AS SUCH ??? ISNT THAT AN ALIAS FOR "COWARD"????IF you feel so strongly about your opinion to put it out there ....then by all rights shouldnt you have to atleast sign your oh so insignificant fricking name to that so important fricking opinion of yours ,and I bet my reputation that anonymous doesnt even know STEVE // I DO WELL HAVE FOR 35 YRS AND PROUD TO COUNT MYSELF A FRIEND OF SUCH A DESERVING HALL OF FAMER, SIGNED Kenny Black (friend and fellow trainer,colleague,and admirer of Steve ASMUSSEN!!!!
mike More than 1 year ago
So Kenneth,you look that other way and give Asmussen a free pass for all the violations,etc he's been tagged with? We aren't talking about a friggin priest, He could take a page from John Shirreffs on what it's like to have a moral compass when it comes to doing right by the horse.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Yep. The sport needs a zero tolerance policy. This guy would have been gone long ago...
mike More than 1 year ago
Frank More than 1 year ago
Gee why is racing denying him on ballot -- I thought he said he was innocent and didn't do anything -- Joke! Then on top of it all he rehires Blais. Its all a joke how its being handled.
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
And why has it taken 11 months of "investigation"?