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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...

Casse wins eighth Glorious Song Stakes with Souper Charlotte

Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse continued his dominance in the Glorious Song Stakes, after Souper Charlotte took Sunday’s $100,000 feature at Woodbine Racetrack. There’s something about the Glorious Song that brings out the best in one of racing’s most accomplished conditioners. After today’s triumph, Casse has now won eight runnings overall, five of the past six and three straight editions, including in 2017 with Win the War. Today, it was Souper Charlotte’s turn to deliver the crown. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite in the field of five juvenile...

Shamrock Rose Goes Last to First in F/M Sprint

By Steve Sherack Shamrock Rose (First Dude), a late $130,000 Breeders’ Cup supplement by Conrad Farms, unleashed a powerful, last-to-first stretch rally to reel in Chalon (Dialed In) in dramatic fashion by a head in the Filly & Mare Sprint. The 25-1 chance trailed the field as comebacking ‘TDN Rising Star Selcourt (Tiz Wonderful) blazed the way through fractions of :21.89 and :44.99. Still with plenty left to do at the top of the stretch, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. and Shamrock Rose began to knife their way through traffic...

Neepawa gives Casse a Canadian Triple Crown sweep

By Alex Campbell ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse added another accomplishment to his Canadian racing résumé Saturday when Neepawa won the $400,000 Breeders’ Stakes, the third and final jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, over 1 1/2 miles on the Woodbine turf. Casse swept all three legs of the Canadian Triple Crown this year – winning the Queen’s Plate and Prince of Wales Stakes with Wonder Gadot, and the Breeders’ Stakes with Neepawa. Neepawa earned his first stakes victory in the Breeders’ Stakes, taking the field gate to wire...

‘Obvious Choice’: Irad Ortiz To Be Named On Wonder Gadot In Travers

By: NYRA Press Office Trainer Mark Casse reported Monday morning that Saratoga Race Course's current meet leading rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. will have the mount aboard Gary Barber's Wonder Gadot, set to become the first filly since 1979 to contest the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday. Ortiz was previously committed to ride Hofburg in the Mid-Summer Derby, but the Curlin winner was withdrawn from the race on Sunday after missing a scheduled breeze due to fever. “Irad is as good as they come,” said Casse. “He's having an...

Casse Trio Rounding Into Form Ahead Of Queen’s Plate

By: Woodbine Communications Office Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse will saddle a trio of starters in Saturday's $1-million Queen's Plate including Telekinesis, Wonder Gadot and Neepawa. Telekinesis, the Winterbook favourite for the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, was bred by William D. Graham and purchased for $470,000 as a weanling at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The Ghostzapper-Intentional Cry colt's maternal grand dam is Gold Mover, a six-time graded stakes winner. Two of the last three Queen's Plate winners are offspring of Ghostzapper: Holy Helena (2017) and Shaman...

Casse likely to have three in Queen’s Plate

By Alex Campbell Trainer Mark Casse said both Plate Trial Stakes winner Telekinesis and Woodbine Oaks runner-up Wonder Gadot emerged from their Saturday starts in good order and are likely to run in the $1 million Queen’s Plate on June 30. Casse could have as many as three in the Queen’s Plate, as Neepawa is also likely to run. Neepawa finished a troubled third in an allowance race over 1 1/16 miles here on May 20. He breezed five furlongs in 59 seconds Saturday morning on Tapeta. “Neepawa worked exceptionally well,...

Queen’s Plate: Casse barn loaded

By Alex Campbell ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Trainer Mark Casse looks to have a strong contingent heading toward the 159th running of the $1 million Queen’s Plate for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds on June 30 at Woodbine. Casse has four horses nominated to the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown, including the top two horses on the first Daily Racing FormQueen’s Plate Watch list of 2018, Telekinesis and Wonder Gadot. Casse also has Neepawa and Kentucky Derby 13th-place finisher Flameaway nominated to the Queen’s Plate. However, Flameaway will instead be pointed...

‘Team Effort’: Casse Leading Woodbine Trainers As Meet Winds Down

by Woodbine Communications Office Mark Casse, Woodbine's leading trainer for more than a decade, has put together another chart-topping campaign at the 2017 Thoroughbred meet and has just over one week left to seal the deal. Casse heads into this weekend's stakes action atop the trainer standings in all categories at Woodbine, leading for stakes (17), overall wins (92), and earnings ($6.59 million). The veteran trainer will be looking to wrap up his 11th straight training title at the Toronto track (12th overall), but it's not a done deal...