2023 Sovereign Awards: Fev Rover named Canadian Horse of the Year

Grade 1 winner Fev Rover was crowned 2023 Canadian Horse of the Year, and her conditioner, Mark Casse, won for outstanding trainer for the 16th time during the 49th annual Sovereign Awards ceremony Thursday at the Paramount Eventspace in the Toronto suburb of Woodbridge. Owned by Tracy Farmer, Fev Rover had a brilliant 2023 campaign, highlighted by victories in two Grade 1 fixtures, the E.P. Taylor and Beverly D. She received 90 points in the Horse of the Year voting, putting her well ahead of other finalists Paramount...

Paramount Prince captures 164th running of King’s Plate in Toronto

Patrick Husbands isn't one to mess with a winning formula. So, after guiding Paramount Prince to a convincing five-length, wire-to-wire win in last month's Plate Trial, the veteran jockey took the horse to the lead from the start of the $1-million King's Plate on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto. And once again the strategy paid off as Paramount Prince earned a length-and-a-half victory over stablemate Elysian Field in the first jewel of the OLG Canadian Triple Crown. "I don't want to change anything that's fixed already," Husbands said. "If...

‘A Good Day’: Pounce Takes Lake George On Seven-Win Day For Trainer Mark Casse

Resolute Racing’s Pounce did just that to take over late and win Hall of Famer Mark Casse a fourth stakes race on the day in Saturday’s $175,000 Lake George (G3), a one-mile inner turf test for sophomore fillies, at Saratoga Race Course. In victory, Casse earned his sixth-of-seven overall wins Saturday in North America. He also won at the Spa in an optional claiming tilt [Race 8, Full Screen], at Woodbine Racetrack in the Plate Trial [My Boy Prince], Grade 3 Trillium [Solo Album] and an optional-claimer [Ready...

Strong Quality Triumphs in Knicks Go Stakes

LOUISVILLE, Ky – May 4, 2024 - As rain transformed Churchill Downs into a muddy battleground this Oaks Day, the adverse conditions couldn't dampen the spirits of the team behind Strong Quality, who clinched a victory in the $200,000 Knicks Go Stakes by half a length over Kupuna. Previously more familiar with the turf, Strong Quality was back on the main track for the first time since a commendable third-place finish on a muddy surface at the Tinsel Stakes at Oaklawn Park last year. This race marked his...

Fev Rover makes pitch for horse of year with E.P. Taylor Stakes victory

Fev Rover put herself in a good position to be named Canada’s horse of the year on Sunday. The five-year-old mare was all class in the $750,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine. This win — coupled with a win in the Nassau Stakes earlier this year and a win in the Beverly D. Stakes at Colonial in August — makes her the most accomplished horse eligible for a Sovereign Award. That Beverly D. Stakes win also gave her a guaranteed spot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare...

Veteran trainer Mark Casse sending three horses to Woodbine Mile

TORONTO — Trainer Mark Casse will be well represented in the $1-million Ricoh Woodbine Mile on Saturday. Casse, 15 times Canada's top thoroughbred conditioner, will have three entries in the six-horse field at Woodbine Racetrack. A win Saturday would be Casse's third and tie him with Neil Drysdale, Robert Frankel and Charles LoPresti for most Mile victories by a trainer. Casse's horses Ice Chocolat, My Sea Cottage and Lucky Score drew No. 4, 5 and 6 posts, respectively, Wednesday. Ice Chocolat is a Brazilian-bred horse while My Sea Cottage...

We’re Not Going to Have to Worry About Tradition. We’re Going to Be History.’ Q and A With Mark Casse

By Sue Finley Mark Casse may have made more starts over dirt and synthetic surfaces combined than any other trainer in history-over 5,000 starts on synthetic and 5,000 on dirt in the past 15 years alone. He estimates that he has sent horses out to gallop, breeze, or race over a synthetic surface 150,000 times in the past 10 years.  With a base at Woodbine, where they race and train over a Tapeta surface which sports one of the lowest instances of catastrophic injuries in North America,...

Elysian Field comes on late to capture $500,000 Woodbine Oaks

TORONTO — Trainer Mark Casse could have a formidable 1-2 punch in next month’s $1-million King’s Plate. Casse-trained horses won both the $500,000 Woodbine Oaks and $150,000 Plate Trial on Sunday. That puts the veteran conditioner in the enviable position of potentially having the top two favourites for the first jewel of the Canadian Triple Crown on Aug. 20 at Woodbine Racetrack. “Yeah, that’s kind of nice,” said Casse, a two-time Plate winner. “I don’t mind that at all.” Elysian Field won the Oaks impressively, overtaking stablemate Ticker Tape Home...

Barn Tour: Mark Casse gears up for Saratoga

Mark Casse is having a pretty typical Mark Casse kind of year. He’s at the top of the Woodbine trainer standings, with about twice as many wins and twice as much earnings as the next guys. He has had eight graded-stakes wins this year with seven horses. And on Monday, he was at a rainy Saratoga preparing for Thursday’s opening day. One wrinkle in Casse’s smooth operation has been with Wonder Wheel, last year’s champion 2-year-old filly after wins in the Grade 1 Alcibiades and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile fillies. After failing...

Ticker Tape Home leads Casse sweep in Fury Stakes

ETOBICOKE, Ontario — Trainer Mark Casse swept the top three positions in Saturday's $125,500 Fury Stakes, with the favored Ticker Tape Home romping over Elysian Field and Me and My Shadow in the Woodbine Oaks prep. Ticker Tape Home set moderate fractions under Patrick Husbands in the seven-furlong sprint for Canadian-bred 3-year-old fillies. She opened up a clear lead on the turn before coasting home on top by four lengths, in a time of 1:22.15. Elysian Field finished 1 1/2 lengths clear of a closing Me and My Shadow....