Mark Casse
Trainer Bios

Mark Casse

Born: February 14, 1961 in Indianapolis

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 115

Stakes Wins: 23

Career Firsts

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

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2019 Sir Winston 7th
2019 Dream Maker 13th
2018 Flameaway 2nd
2018 Determinant 13th
2015 Danzig Moon 2nd

2014

Coastline

10th

2013

Dynamic Sky

9th

2013

Uncaptured

10th

2012

Prospective

6th

2008

Miner’s Claim

6th

2006

Seaside Retreat

6th

At Keeneland


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 with My Conquestadory (2013) and Heavenly Love (2017).

Three titles as leading trainer: 2014 Spring, 2015 Spring (tie with Steve Asmussen and Kenny McPeek) and 2016 Fall.

Sent out Tepin to win the 2015 First Lady (G1) and Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) and 2016 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1).

Other Grade 1 winners were Catch a Glimpse (2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf), Classic Empire (2016 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity) and La Coronel (2017 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup).

Career


Triple Crown wins (2): 2019 Preakness (G1) with War of Will; 2019 Belmont (G1) with Sir Winston.

Breeders' Cup wins (5): 2015 Mile with Tepin and Juvenile Fillies Turf with Catch a Glimpse; 2016 Juvenile with Classic Empire; 2017 Mile with World Approval: 2018 Filly and Mare Sprint with Shamrock Rose.

On May 6, 2020, he was announced as a 2020 inductee into the Racing Hall of Fame. He joined the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2016.

North American career earnings exceed $173 million with 2,847 wins through Feb. 24, 2020.

Received the 2019 Big Sport of Turfdom Award from Turf Publicists of America. 

Trained Eclipse Award winners Tepin (2015-2016 champion female turf horse), Classic Empire (2016 champion 2-year-old male) and World Approval (2017 champion male turf horse). Sent out Tepin to win the 2016 Queen Anne (G1) during the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England.

Has won a record 12 Sovereign Awards as Canada’s outstanding trainer: 2006-2008 and 2011-2019.

Click here for his Equibase career record.

Background


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, Florida., 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.

For a portion of the year, Mark maintains a string at Keeneland with assistant David Carroll. War of Will, winner of the 2019 Preakness (G1), has trained at Keeneland.

Mark’s son, Norm, was his top assistant until going out on his own in 2018.