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Salute With Honor Completes Casse Exacta in Durham Cup

Jockey Patrick Husbands and trainer Mark Casse completed a sweep of the Thanksgiving weekend stakes events at Woodbine as Salute With Honor won the Durham Cup (G3) Oct. 11 in front-end fashion. Salute With Honor was followed by a hard-closing Skywire and Rafael Hernandez to complete a Casse exacta in the 1 1/16-mile main track test for 3-year-olds and up.  The Husbands-Casse duo also clicked in the Cup and Saucer Stakes on Saturday with Canadian-bred 2-year-old Master Spy. Salute With Honor took command from the quick-leaving Inventing Blame into the first turn approaching the :23.43 quarter mark and...

Trainer Mark Casse among 7 elected to Racing Hall of Fame

sports.nbcsports.com SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Trainer Mark Casse has more than $174 million in purse earnings, has captured two legs of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown, and has been honored as Canadian trainer of the year a record 11 times. And now, election to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. “It’s unbelievable. It’s very emotional for me,” Casse said via telephone Wednesday from his farm in Ocala, Florida. “It just brings back a lot of memories, especially of my dad. I used to go to it with him...

Doping indictments show we have a lot of work to do – but are we up to it?

By: Charles Hayward  Early on the morning of Monday March 9, I was starting work on an article on trainer Mark Casse, who one week earlier published an op-ed in Thoroughbred Daily News titled ‘Clenbuterol - it has to be stopped, and now’. “Clenbuterol is the most abused drug in our industry,” Casse wrote in his introduction.  Clenbuterol is a bronchodilator that was designed to be used in the treatment of asthma and respiratory diseases. Casse stated that, if used inappropriately: It increases muscle massIt improves endurance and staminaIt boosts energy levels.  However,...

Casse Racing Needs Your Help!

We so appreciate the love and support from each and every one of our fans! And now we’re asking you to show us some love and support in the Fan Choice Awards! Mark Casse is up for Best Trainer of 2019 and the Preakness Stakes is up for Best Race of 2019! Plus, with your vote you’ll be entered to win a VIP trip for you and a guest to the 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships and a chance to place a $10,000 win bet on the Classic! You...

Mark Casse Wins Big Sport of Turfdom Award

Trainer Mark Casse has been named as the recipient of the 2019 Big Sport of Turfdom award, the Turf Publicists of America announced Thursday. The award recognizes a person or group of people who enhances coverage of Thoroughbred racing through cooperation with media and racing publicists. Casse, who was born into the business as the son of Norman Casse, an owner, trainer and breeder for more than 40 years as well as the former chairman of Ocala Breeders’ Sales, achieved a career milestone in 2019 when he won his...

At Belmont Stakes, Sir Winston gives Mark Casse two jewels in Triple Crown

By: Tom Canavan NEW YORK—Sir Winston provided a perfect finish to a crazy Triple Crown. After a disqualification in the Kentucky Derby and a runaway horse in the Preakness, of course the Belmont Stakes goes to a 10-1 long shot. Sir Winston captured the $1.5-million (U.S.) race Saturday, holding off favoured Tacitus by a length. The win gave Woodbine-based trainer Mark Casse the final two jewels in the showcase for 3-year-old thoroughbreds. He won the Preakness with War of Will, who was expected to battle Tacitus in the 1 1/2 mile...

2019 Preakness: War of Will Wins in Dramatic Rebound From Kentucky Derby Loss

By Joe Drape The deep breaths came fast and furious in the opening moments of the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes, and for good reason: John Velazquez, a Hall of Fame jockey, was airborne one moment and in the dirt the next after his colt, Bodexpress, broke out of the starting gate like a rodeo horse rather than a thoroughbred. This old, tradition-steeped American sport could not withstand another catastrophe or controversy. Dead horses, too many of them, have drawn a bull’s-eye around its existence. A multimillion-dollar disqualification in...

Mark Casse: From Canada To The Kentucky Derby Training War Of Will

By: Ben Baugh It seems as if Mark Casse has always been around horses. His prescience has been nothing short of phenomenal, having the vision and being able to realize his dream. The Hall of Fame conditioner moved to Ocala, Florida when he was five years old, having lived on a farm with his father, Norman Casse, who was a horseman. He still considers the city in Marion County home and his favorite place to be. A Sense of Self The eventual 10-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer was a natural fit for...

‘All Systems Are Go’ For Derby Contender War Of Will After ‘Exceptionally Good’ Breeze

by Paulick Report Gary Barber's War of Will breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 over a sealed muddy surface at Keeneland Friday when the track opened at 5:30 a.m. In company with maiden winner Battle of Memphis, War of Will clocked splits of :24.40 and :48.60 and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13.60. “He trained beautifully all week, and he definitely has progressed from his last breeze,” David Carroll, assistant to trainer Mark Casse, said. “All indications were that he would go exceptionally good today, and we saw that. We couldn't be any happier....

Wonder Gadot Named Canada’s Horse of the Year

By: Bloodhorse Gary Barber's Wonder Gadot took home Canadian Horse of the Year honors and the award for champion 3-year-old filly April 18 when The Jockey Club of Canada hosted its 44th annual Sovereign Awards ceremony at Vaughan's Chateau Le Jardin. Bred in Ontario by Anderson Farms out of the Vindication mare Loving Vindication, the daughter of Medaglia d'Oro  won the first two jewels in the Canadian Triple Crown in 2018. She took the Queen's Plate Stakes at Woodbine, becoming just the ninth filly to win that race since its first running at Woodbine in 1956, then...