Super Stock Profile

Name Super Stock
Born Apr 12, 2018
Age 3 years

Super Stock joined the 2021 Kentucky Derby field after a surprise victory in the Arkansas Derby (G1). This saw him finish third on the leaderboard with 109 qualifying points.

Steve Asmussen trains the three-year-old colt, who has currently earned over $800,000 throughout his career. However, in the end, he fell well short in the Kentucky Derby, finishing in 16th place, 19-and-a-half lengths behind the winner, Medina Spirit.

2021 Road to the Kentucky Derby

Super Stock entered the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park after a fourth-place finish in the Rebel Stakes.

In the Arkansas Derby, jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. kept Super Stock behind the duelling pacesetters Concert Tour, who won the Rebel Stakes (G2), and the speedy Caddo River, who previously won the Smarty Jones Stakes.

In mid-stretch, Santana took Super Stock outside of the tiring pacesetters for running room, and once in the clear, the son of Dialed In lengthened stride, gliding past the finish line under a hand ride. Super Stock traveled one-and-one-eighth miles in 1:50.92.

It was a reasonable effort by the Asmussen trainee. Three colts - Sunny's Halo, Smarty Jones and Triple Crown hero American Pharoah - have pulled off the Arkansas/Kentucky Derby double but the odds didn't reflect the possibility of Super Stock joining them. And so it proved to be.

Career beginnings

In his first start as a three-year-old, Super Stock made up ground from seventh place to finish fourth in the Rebel Stakes (G2).

He traveled four-wide around the first turn and was three-wide around the second turn. While racing in traffic, Super Stock passed tired horses and picked up a check for his fourth-place finish.

As a two-year-old, Super Stock ran twice in maiden races. In his debut, Super Stock raced three-wide over the Keeneland turf and tied for 10th place.

He then took on softer company at Lone Star Park in Texas. He was wide again but closed to finish second, beaten by a head.

The third time was the charm when he captured the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity by three-and-a-half lengths.

The effort was good enough to enter Super Stock in graded stakes action. In the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs, Super Stock traveled in fourth place and showed moderate interest to finish third behind stablemate Midnight Bourbon and the winner, Sittin On Go.

Next out, Super Stock again placed third in the Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) at Keeneland Race Course.

He didn't like being cooped up on the rail behind horses and was a handful. After shifting to the outside, Super Stock rallied but was bested five lengths by eventual two-year-old champ Essential Quality.

The Street Sense Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs was Super Stock's final start of his two-year-old season.

He duelled on the lead for much of the race but was passed late by King Fury. That one would later win this year's Lexington Stakes on the same day as the Arkansas Derby.

Super Stock's connections

Asmussen was raised in the Thoroughbred Racing world. His father, Keith, is a former jockey and his mother is a horse trainer.

His brother Cash, now retired, is an award-winning jockey. Steve began his career in racing as a jockey but switched to training as he grew to be six feet tall.

Asmussen is a hall of fame trainer who started conditioning Thoroughbreds in 1986. Since then, he has amassed over $354million in earnings from more than 45,000 starters.

Although Asmussen has earned the Preakness and Belmont Stakes trophies, he has now been blanked in 22 attempts in the Kentucky Derby.

He finished second twice, with Nehro (2011) and Lookin At Lee (2017), and third with Curlin (2007) and Gun Runner (2016).

He won the Preakness Stakes (G1) with Curlin, while the same horse also placed second in the Belmont Stakes (G1) by a head in an epic battle with the champion filly, Rags To Riches.

Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. is Asmussen's "go-to" rider. Santana, Jr. moved his tack to the US from Panama in 2009. Within four years, he earned the first of six consecutive riding titles at Oaklawn Park. His win aboard Super Stock was his third Arkansas Derby triumph.

Ricardo Santana, Jr. had six previous Kentucky Derby mounts prior to the 2021 race. He has yet to hit the board, although he did earn fifth place aboard Max Player in 2020.

Super Stock was purchased for $70,000 at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling auction and is owned in partnership by Keith Asmussen and Erv Woolsey.

The partners have owned over 20 horses together. Super Stock is their most accomplished runner and only stakes earner.

Super Stock's pedigree

Super Stock (Dialed In - Super Girlie, by Closing Argument) was bred by Pedro Gonzalez & P. J. Gonzalez.

He has a middle-distance pedigree but may go farther due to his running style and conditioning. Super Stock has a pace-pressing style but will sit farther back if asked.

Dialed In, a son of 2003 Eclipse Award Champion Older Horse Mineshaft, was made the morning-line favorite for the 2011 Kentucky Derby after a gutsy head decision over Shackleford in the Florida Derby (G1).

Previously, he won the Holy Bull Stakes (G3) and a maiden special weight race before his Florida Derby victory.

Unfortunately, racing luck wasn't with Dialed In during the Kentucky Derby.

He was squeezed back at the start and finished eighth after a belated run through traffic. He had a similar trip in the Preakness (G1) and placed fourth.

Dialed In faced the starter once more as a four-year-old and was unplaced in his comeback. He retired with a 3-1-0 record in seven starts, with earnings of $941,936.

Dialed In currently has 15 stakes winners, led by multiple graded stakes winner Gunnevera.

Besides Super Stock, Dialed In's three-year-olds who may be contenders later in the year include Arkansas Derby fourth-place finisher Get Her Number and Fountain of Youth (G2) third-place finisher Papetu.

Super Girlie never won a stakes race, but she is passing the family class to her foals.

Besides Super Stock, her daughter Boujie Girl placed in three stakes, including the Del Mar Debutante (G1).