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World Approval All Class in Breeders’ Cup Mile Win

By: Jeremy Balan Live Oak Plantation's World Approval found his sweet spot at a mile on the grass. Live Oak Plantation's homebred World Approval has found his sweet spot. It took trainer Mark Casse a while—21 starts, to be exact—to get the Northern Afleet gelding at a mile on...

Norman Casse Prepares to Walk His Own Path

By: Alicia Wincze Hughes Son of Mark Casse will depart his father's operation, open his own stable in 2018. The white Jeep Cherokee is on one of its final runs for the morning. It rolls up to a Churchill Downs backstretch security gate, and the driver signals...

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Thoroughbred trainer Mark Casse is riding high

By Carlos E. Medina Ocala’s Mark Casse won the Sovereign Award for the top thoroughbred trainer in Canada for an unprecedented ninth time on Friday and a day later watched his charge, Classic Empire, become the likely Kentucky Derby favorite after a win in the Arkansas...

Sovereign Awards: Caren, Casse, Adena Lead the Night

The Jockey Club of Canada announced its 42nd Annual Sovereign Award winners April 14 at The Palais Royale in Toronto, Ontario. The Sovereign Awards are Canada's premier award for Thoroughbred racing and breeding. Horse of the Year was Robert Marzilli's Caren, a 3-year-old daughter of Society's...

Casse, Castellano among 2017 Hall of Fame Finalists

Eight-time Sovereign Award winning trainer Mark Casse and four-time Eclipse Award-winning rider Javier Castellano are among five jockeys, three trainers and three racehorses that have been tabbed as finalists for the National Museum of Racing’s 2017 Hall of Fame class. Fellow finalists named in a...

Uncharted Territory for Team Casse

By Alan Carasso The hits just keep on coming for trainer Mark Casse. An eight-time Sovereign Award-winning trainer in Canada and an inductee into the country’s racing hall of fame in 2016, the 55-year-old horseman trained a pair of champions south of the border last year...