LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Trainer Steve Asmussen will go into the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in August and he hopes to have 2016 Kentucky Derby winner on his resume when he's inducted.
"You always think you're going to win. You feel good about your chances. You walk over there (on Derby Day) excited and you're expecting to have success," Asmussen said.
Success in the Derby, however, has been elusive for Asmussen. He's 0-13 in Derby starts.
His closest finish in the Run for the Roses occurred in 2007 when Curlin finished third.
Asmussen has two contenders for this year's Derby. Louisiana Derby winner Gun Runner (the Derby points leader) and Arkansas Derby champ Creator. He breezed both horses Monday morning on the Churchill Downs dirt.
Gun Runner went six furlongs in 1:12:20. Creator put in a five furlong work in 1:02:40.
"Extremely proud of the shape both of these horses are in coming into the Derby. I think that the teams have done wonderful with them. Their works were ideal for what we think that we need," Asmussen said.
Both hopefuls were frisky on the track, especially Creator, who is progressing well after coming up short in turf races earlier in his career.
"I think pedigree wise , who he is individually, he's just getting right at the right time. He's always been talented, he did lack some focus," said Asmussen of the Tapit colt.
He has two talented colts ready for the gate, but after close calls, Asmussen knows nothing is a given, even if there's a superhorse in the stable.
"The works today I feel indicate their soundness, mental and physical readiness for it. But what happens in a 20 horse field here going a mile and a quarter can eliminate any horse from victory," said Asmussen.
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