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New Hall of Famer Mark Casse Joins Writers’ Room

Fresh off of a year-delayed induction into racing's Hall of Fame Friday, Mark Casse joined the TDN Writers' Room presented by Keeneland Wednesday morning for an expansive discussion on his career and the sport at large. Calling in via Zoom as the Green Group Guest of the Week, Casse reflected on his family's growing legacy in the sport, remembered arguably his most famous pupil Tepin (Bernstein) and assessed where the industry stands on stamping out its drug problems. Asked about the emotion of his Hall of Fame speech, Casse said, “[Racing]...

Family Ties Run Deep In Racing For Hall Of Famer Casse

By: NYRA Press Office Friday will be a capstone day for Mark Casse and his family when the trainer is inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in a morning ceremony prior to the afternoon races across the street at Saratoga race course. His son Norman, who was his top assistant before going out on his own, and daughter-in-law and TVG analyst Gabby Gaudet could not be prouder. “It's very exciting. I know this has been one of Dad's biggest goals...

Easy Time to Complete Hall of Fame Day for Casse

By: Christine Oser Trainer Mark Casse has a full day planned surrounding the Hall of Fame Aug. 6 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. In the morning he will be at Fasig-Tipton for the induction ceremony as part of the 2020 class, and in the afternoon he will saddle Easy Time  in the $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes (G2T) across the street at Saratoga Race Course. "I can't think of anything better than to get inducted in the morning and win it in the afternoon," Casse said. Breeze Easy's Easy Time enters...

Barn Tour: Check out summer plans for 13 Mark Casse horses

By: Brad Stephens Mark Casse will be honored next month for accomplishments as a trainer when he is inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame. He can add to those accomplishments a little farther down Union Avenue at Saratoga Race Course. Casse spoke to Horse Racing Nation last week about summer plans for his stable. Included in his runners’ targets are Grade 1 events during the Saratoga meet, which begins Thursday. The conditioner also has notable names racing or training north of the U.S.-Canada border at Woodbine, including 2019...

Mark Casse aims 2 hopefuls at Derby Winner’s Circle

By: John Lewis LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Trainer Mark Casse has saddled eight Kentucky Derby starters but has yet to hit the Winner’s Circle. He came close in 2017 with Classic Empire, which finished fourth. This year, Casse has a duo of Derby hopefuls: Tampa Bay Derby winner Helium (50-1) and Florida Derby runner-up Soup and Sandwich (30-1). “Many times, when I’ve done these interviews, I’ve said, 'He’s going to have the run the race of his life and have the perfect trip,'" Casse said Thursday after arriving at the...

Barn Tour: Check out the latest on Mark Casse’s stars

By: Matt Stahl On Wednesday, Casse updated HRN on these two and other top horses in his stable. Got Stormy Casse said the mare came out of her photo-finish win in the Honey Fox “great” and that she likely will wait until Kentucky Derby Day for her next start, which would be in the Distaff Turf Mile (G2). After that, he plans to send Got Stormy to Belmont. The mare was sold after the Breeders' Cup for $2.75 million to My Racehorse and Spendthrift Farm, and Casse did not expect to be training...

Helium Remains Unbeaten With Tampa Bay Derby Surprise

By: Paulick Report D J Stable's Helium transformed his synthetic track form to dirt and improved his record to a perfect 3-for-3 with an off-the-pace three-quarter-length victory in Saturday's Grade 2 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla. Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Jose Ferrer, Helium ran 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:43.55 and paid $32.80 as a 15-1 longshot. Hidden Stash, who ranged up to challenge the winner in mid-stretch, finished second as the 3-1 second choice, with...

Unknown Commodities: Mark Casse On Bringing Freshman-Sired Runners Into The Breeders’ Cup

By: Joe Nevills Though we can certainly start to form opinions on the talent and preferences of freshman sires by the fall, no stallion's resume is completely written heading into their first crop's Breeders' Cup. Up to this point, even the most prolific freshman sires only have a small sampling of horses at the distances and class levels seen during the championship races. Though it can help guide a narrative, a strong or poor performance by one or two runners from a debut crop on one day at a...

Casse could add an eighth horse to Breeders’ Cup string

By: Carolyn Greer A couple of weeks ago, trainer Mark Casse told Horse Racing Nation that he was likely bring seven horses to Keeneland for the Nov. 6-7 Breeders’ Cup. Now, that number could be up to eight. Casse said Wednesday morning that Souper Sensational is a possibility for the $2 million Juvenile Fillies on Nov. 6. The possibility arose after the Curlin filly’s four-length win in the Glorious Song at Woodbine on Saturday. It was her second win in as many tries, after breaking her maiden in September at Woodbine. “Mrs. Weber and I talked about...

Casse Wins Glorious Song For Ninth Time; Souper Sensational Lives Up To Name

www.paulickreport.com Live Oak Plantation's 2-year-old filly Souper Sensational kept her record perfect with a stunning score on Saturday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, Ontario, while giving Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse a record ninth Glorious Song Stakes title. Jockey Patrick Husbands sent the 3-5 favorite to the lead through a first quarter in :22.76 in the seven-furlong main track sprint. Heidi (Daisuke Fukumoto) pressed the pacesetter to the half in :45.78 with Rocket Reload (Justin Stein) looming outside, but Souper Sensational left them all in the dust down...