Mark Casse

Lookin For Eight Scores Black Type In Durham Cup Upset

A last minute decision to race in the $125,000 Durham Cup (Grade 3) paid off for the connections of supplemental entry Lookin for Eight, who earned his first stakes win as the longest shot on the board in 1-1/8-mile event for older horses on Sunday at Woodbine Racetrack. Facing defending champion Melmich among the shortened […]

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Casse: Wonder Gadot Ready For Cotillion Rematch With Monomoy Girl

Gary Barber’s filly Wonder Gadot is on target to start in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Cotillion at Parx Racing according to trainer Mark Casse. The 3-year-old filly by Medaglia d’ Oro will make her 10th start of the year following her last place finish against the boys in the Grade 1 Travers on August 25 at Saratoga Race Course. […]

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Casse Sends Ride A Comet West To Win Del Mar Derby

Eastern invader Ride a Comet, third in the Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga a month ago, made an auspicious West Coast debut Sunday with an impressive come-from-behind victory in the featured Grade II $250,000 Del Mar Derby at Del Mar racetrack near San Diego, Calif. With leading rider Drayden Van Dyke in the saddle, […]

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Untamed Domain, Curlin’s Honor Top Ceasars Stakes At Indiana Grand

A field of eight will go postward in the 13th running of the $200,000 Caesars Stakes during Indiana’s richest day of turf racing Wednesday, Sept. 5. The race, formerly known as the Centaur Stakes, will feature several horses with Graded Stakes experience, including Untamed Domain from the H. Graham Motion Stable. Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds, Untamed […]

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Capture Your Dream Bids For Florida Sire Stakes Repeat

John Oxley and Kathy Machesky’s Capture Your Dream is poised for a bid to win back-to-back divisions of the 2018 FTBOA Florida Sire Stakes series Saturday in the $200,000 Susan’s Girl at Gulfstream Park. The daughter of Uncaptured, who captured the $100,000 FSS Desert Vixen at six-furlongs Aug. 4, is scheduled to meet nine other […]

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‘Brought Me To Tears’: Irad Ortiz Pats Wonder Gadot After Travers Finish

The first filly to run in Saratoga’s G1 Travers in more than 40 years, Wonder Gadot was up near the pace in the early going but faded to cross the wire last of the 10-horse field. A camera caught jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. giving the filly a pat as she crossed the wire, and horse […]

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Kentucky Downs: Heavenly Love Returns, Valadorna Tries Turf

Heavenly Love won a Kentucky Downs maiden race last year as a 2-year-old, then was the romping winner of Keeneland’s Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades on dirt in her next start. Now Debby Oxley’s filly will try to get back in the winner’s circle in Kentucky Downs’ $300,000 Dueling Grounds Oaks on Sept. 9. Also among […]

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Good Magic Draws Post Nine, Wonder Gadot Post Two For 149th Travers Stakes

It seems only fitting that the top trainer at Saratoga Race Course this year should have the top two horses in the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday, when Chad Brown will saddle 2-1 early favorite Good Magic and second choice Gronkowski in the 149th running of the Mid-Summer Derby. The Brown trainees […]

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Can She Pull It Off? Trainers Weigh In On Wonder Gadot’s Bid For Travers History

t’s been more than a century since a filly was led into the winner’s circle after the Travers, and nearly 40 years since one even left the starting gate in the Mid-Summer Derby. On Saturday, Wonder Gadot is set to become the first filly since Davona Dale in 1979 to start in the Grade 1, […]

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‘Obvious Choice’: Irad Ortiz To Be Named On Wonder Gadot In Travers

Trainer Mark Casse reported Monday morning that Saratoga Race Course’s current meet leading rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. will have the mount aboard Gary Barber’s Wonder Gadot, set to become the first filly since 1979 to contest the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers on Saturday. Ortiz was previously committed to ride Hofburg in the Mid-Summer […]

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