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...

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,...