Mark Casse
Trainer Bios

Mark Casse

Born: February 14, 1961 in Indianapolis

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 124
Stakes Wins: 27

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 Bluegrass Stakes


Year

Horse

Finish

2020

Enforceable

4th

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


Sent out Wonder Wheel to win the 2022 Darley Alcibiades (G1) and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) in consecutive starts at Keeneland.

Four wins in the Darley Alcibiades. Others came with Spring in the Air (2012), 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 are Catch a Glimpse (2015 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf), Classic Empire (2016 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity), La Coronel (2017 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup) and War of Will (2020 Maker's Mark Mile).

Won first Keeneland race during the 1979 Spring Meet with his first starter, Joe’s Coming.

 

Career


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

2020 inductee into the Racing Hall of Fame. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, induction ceremony was held in 2021. Casse joined the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2016.

Breeders' Cup wins (6): 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: 2022 Juvenile Fillies with Wonder Wheel.

North American career earnings near $215 million with 3,456 wins through Jan. 25, 2023.

Recorded his 3,000th career victory when Souper Watson won the third race on Nov. 19, 2020, at Gulfstream Park West.

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

Sent out champion Tepin to win the 2016 Queen Anne (G1) during the prestigious Royal Ascot meet in England.

Has won a record 14 Sovereign Awards as Canada’s outstanding trainer: 2006-2008 and 2011-2021.

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.