JAY DAVIS: Listening to a mother-in-law


I ran into Steve Assmussen’s mother-in-law the other day and she told me I better write a good story about Steve’s horse winning Kentucky Oaks on Friday.

A guy can’t make promises this time of year. It is, after all, the middle of track and golf season. The sports pages in the Tribune are mostly dedicated to the exploits and successes of our local high school athletes, but I happen to have a column and this looks like a good place to talk about horse racing.

Asmussen had a huge day on Friday, winning the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks with Untapable. And I do mean huge. The $1 million Oaks is the second richest race in the country for female horses. Untapable was the favorite and she did not disappoint, winning the race by four and a half lengths.

The South Dakota native has had some good fortune with the ladies before. In 2009 Rachel Alexander became the first filly to win the Preakness Stakes in 85 years.

He’s had some pretty good luck with the Mobridge ladies too. His mom is Sis (Scherr) Asmussen, sister of the late Frank Scherr. His mother-in-law is Fran Peterson of Mobridge and his wife is Fran’s daughter Julie.

I am always amazed at how much the great big world of horse racing is influenced by our little corner of the world. Between Asmussen and Bill Mott, I do believe we show pretty well in horse racing circles.


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