Mark Casse

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    Mark Casse
    record at keeneland
    total wins:88
    stakes wins:13
    First Grade 1 Win:
    2001 Metropolitan Handicap with Exciting Story
    First Stakes Win:
    1979 Indian Maid at Sportsman’s Park with Amalie
    First Graded Stakes Win:
    1984 Jamaica (G3) at Belmont Park with Raja’s Shark
    First Career Win:
    April 14, 1979, at Keeneland with Joe’s Coming
    February 14, 1961 in Indianapolis, Ind.

    At Keeneland (through October 2016):

    • Leading trainer during the 2016 Fall Meet with 13 wins, including four stakes wins: Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) with Classic Empire, Hagyard Fayette (G2) with Noble Bird, Dixiana Bourbon (G3) with Keep Quiet (FR) and JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) with La Coronel.
    • During the 2016 Spring Meet, won the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) with Tepin and the Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing ASsociation with Catch a Glimpse.
    • Co-leading trainer during the 2015 Fall Meet with nine wins, including the First Lady (G1) with Tepin and Dixiana Bourbon (G3) with Airoforce.
    • During the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland, he sent out Tepin to win the Mile (G1) and Catch a Glimpse to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).
    • Leading trainer during the 2014 Spring Meet with 11 wins. Won the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) with Sisterly Love.
    • Won first Keeneland race during the 1979 Spring Meet with his first starter, Joe’s Coming.
    • First Keeneland stakes win was the 2012 Darley Alcibiades (G1) with Spring in the Air. Won the race in 2013 with My Conquestadory.

    Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1):




    2015 Danzig Moon 2nd





    Dynamic Sky









    Miner’s Claim



    Seaside Retreat




    • Breeders' Cup wins (3): 2015 Mile with Tepin and Juvenile Fillies Turf with Catch a Glimpse; 2016 Juvenile with Classic Empire.
    • In 2016 he ranked fifth in races won with 235 victories and he ranked third in earnings with $17.9 million.
    • Notable wins in 2016 included the Queen Anne Stakes (G1) at Royal Ascot and Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) with Tepin, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with Classic Empire and the Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) with Catch a Glimpse. 
    • He was the leading trainer at the Keeneland fall, Churchill spring and Woodbine meets in 2016.
    • Career earnings were nearly $124 million with 2,174 career wins through 2016.
    • Tepin earned the 2015 Eclipse Award as champion female turf horse. Catch a Glimpse received the Sovereign Award as Canada's 2015 Horse of the Year.
    • On June 14, 2016, at Royal Ascot, Tepin won the Queen Anne (G1), opening race of the prestigious five-day Royal Ascot meet in England.
    • 2016 inductee to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
    • Has won eight Sovereign Awards as Canada’s outstanding trainer: 2006-2008 and 2011-2015.
    • Won his 2,000th race on May 14, 2016, when Reimburse won the second race at Gulfstream Park. North American earnings exceeded $117 million with 2,093 wins through Sept. 19, 2016.
    • Had most successful year in 2015, ranking fourth in North American earnings with $13,697,149 while winning 159 races.
    • Leading trainer at Woodbine in 2015 for ninth consecutive year and 10th overall.
    • Trained 2014 Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou, also named champion 3-year-old filly and turf female, along with champions Conquest Typhoon (2-year-old colt), Conquest Harlanate (2-year-old filly), Dynamic Sky (turf male) and Hillaby (female sprinter). 
    • Other Sovereign Award winners include Horses of the Year Lexie Lou (2013), Uncaptured (2012) and Sealy Hill (2007).
    • Saddled Lexi Lou to win the 2014 Queen's Plate, Canada's most famous race.
    • Won 155 races in 2014 and ranked sixth in earnings among North American trainers with a career-best $11,877,193. Graded wins included the Seabiscuit (G2) and Play the King (G2) with Kaigun and the Best Pal (G2) with Sky Way.
    • 2013 earnings were $8,565,108 to rank seventh among leading North American trainers. Highlights included winning the Price of Wales, the second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown, with Uncaptured and winning the Fleur de Lis (G2) with Funny Proposition.
    • In 2012, was seventh among North America trainers with $10,238,086 and 129 wins. Highlights included winning the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) and Iroquois (G3) with Uncaptured, Hawthorne Gold Cup (G2) with Pool Play, Tampa Bay Derby (G2) and Ohio Derby (G3) with Prospective and the Prince of Wales with the filly Dixie Strike.
    • Won the 2011 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) with Pool Play.
    • Trained Sealy Hill to become the only filly to win the Canadian Filly Triple Crown in 2007.
    • Posted Career Win No 1,000 race at Woodbine on Aug. 9, 2008, with maiden winner Laragh.
    • Leading trainer at Churchill Downs in the spring of 1988 and at Turfway Park four times – 1988 fall and holiday meets and 1989 winter/spring and fall meets.
    • Owns and operates Moonshadow Farm in Ocala, Fla., with his wife, Tina.


    A trip in a horse van with his father, Norman Casse, to see Secretariat win the 1973 Kentucky Derby hooked Mark on racing. His father had a successful breeding operation in Indiana before moving his family to Ocala, Fla., where he established Cardinal Hill Farm. Norman retired as chairman of the board of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales in 2006 after more than 40 years involvement in the industry.

    Mark’s son, also named Norman, is his top assistant.



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