Hear what Asmussen had to say after Epicenter takes Louisiana Derby

March 27, 2022

LaDerby (Epicenter): Asmussen, Fiske, Cox
FG Oaks (Echo Zulu: Rosario, Asmussen, Fiske, Calhoun

New Orleans Classic (Olympiad): Mott
Muniz (Two Emmys): Graham, Robertson (and Mott!)

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Kentucky Downs-area media: Steve Asmussen-trained Epicenter and Echo Zulu are owned outright or in partnership by Kentucky Downs co-owner Ron Winchell

Texas media: Steve Asmussen grew up and still lives in Texas. Bret Calhoun is a native Texan, with Kupuna co-owned by Larry Hirsch of Dallas and Wayne Sanders of Dallas. Hidden Connection is co-owned by Jake Ballis, formerly of Houston.

Louisiana Derby: Trainer Steve Asmussen, Winchell racing manager David Fiske after Epicenter wins the TwinSpires Louisiana Derby by 2 1/2 lengths over Zozos. Also: Brad Cox on Zozos. (No winning jockey: Joel Rosario had to bolt to catch a flight)

Fair Grounds Oaks: Jockey Joel Rosario, trainer Steve Asmussen, Winchell racing manager David Fiske after unbeaten 2-year-old filly champ Echo Zulu wins her 2022 debut by a nose over Hidden Connection in the Fair Grounds Oaks. Also: Hidden Connection’s trainer, Bret Calhoun.

New Orleans Classic: Bill Mott on Olympiad’s victory

Muniz Memorial: Jockey James Graham, winning trainer Hugh Robertson and, in a cameo appearance, trainer Bill Mott after Two Emmys – a $4,500 yearling purchase by co-owner Robertson — goes wire to wire to win by 2 1/2 lengths over favored Santin.

HBPA Press release

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