David Carroll

Young Jockey Declan Carroll To Seek Out New ‘Opportunities’ In New York This Winter

As a young and up-and-coming rider, Declan Carroll is trying to go wherever his opportunities exist, which is why he will be moving his tack to New York for the winter. Carroll, 20, is the son of David Carroll, a former trainer and current assistant for Mark Casse. His mother, Kim, also works for Casse. […]

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War Of Will’s Preakness Win Could Add To Casse’s Hall Of Fame Resume

There were 600-plus miles separating David Carroll from his boss as he sat in his Kentucky home on the evening of May 18. But as the veteran horseman watched the middle leg of the Triple Crown reach its conclusion on NBC, the same grateful narrative rolled through both his mind and that trainer Mark Casse […]

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‘Big Heart And A Lot Of Try’: Reliving Easy Goer’s Belmont Triumph

Less than an hour to post time in the 1989 Belmont Stakes, trainer Shug McGaughey walked over to the Belmont Park paddock area alongside Easy Goer with a sense of confidence. He said to his assistant Buzz Tenney, “If this race goes the way I think it will, it’s going to be a fun one […]

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Casse: War Of Will ‘In A Very Happy Place,’ Won’t Breeze Before Belmont

Trainer Mark Casse has War of Will where he wants him, and he wants the son of War Front to stay that way. After initially planning to breeze the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes winner this week in preparation for the G1 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, Casse said Tuesday that he will instead have the bay […]

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Apprentice Declan Carroll Nearing Return To Races At Churchill Downs

Apprentice rider Declan Carroll has been sidelined since March with a back injury suffered at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La., but the 19-year-old hopes to be back riding races in two weeks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. “I’ve been wanting to get back riding so badly,” Carroll said. “The doctors gave me the […]

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Casse’s Belmont Duo: Sir Winston Puts In ‘A+ Work,’ War Of Will ‘Feeling Good’

Canadian Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse will saddle both War of Will and Sir Winston in the Belmont Stakes. Casse said Gary Barber’s War of Will, who was a powerful winner of the Grade 1 Preakness, is in good order in Kentucky where he is currently preparing for the third leg of the Triple […]

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War Of Will Jogs At Keeneland, Assistant Carroll Says Preakness Winner ‘Building Up His Energy’

Grade 1 Preakness Stakes winner War of Will went back to the track for the first time since his classic triumph, turning in an easy jog at Keeneland on Thursday, May 23. Getting the bay colt’s energy reserves replenished following the first two legs of the Triple Crown is the main objective for David Carroll, assistant to […]

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Casse: ‘Extremely Good Shot’ War Of Will To Contest Belmont Stakes

Gary Barber’s War of Will exited his 1 ¼-length victory over the late-running Everfast in Saturday’s144th Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., in good order and will run in the Belmont Stakes (G1) June 8 at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.,  if the colt continues to show all the right signs, […]

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‘All Systems Are Go’ For Derby Contender War Of Will After ‘Exceptionally Good’ Breeze

Gary Barber’s War of Will breezed 5 furlongs in 1:00.20 over a sealed muddy surface at Keeneland Friday when the track opened at 5:30 a.m. In company with maiden winner Battle of Memphis, War of Will clocked splits of :24.40 and :48.60 and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:13.60. “He trained beautifully all week, and he definitely has […]

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‘On His Toes’: War Of Will Sharp In Gate Drill At Keeneland

Gary Barber’s Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful War of Will breezed 5 furlongs from the starting gate in :59 over a fast track Saturday morning at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. His time was the best of 44 works at the distance. Trained by Mark Casse, the War Front colt has 60 qualifying points and a guaranteed […]

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