Mark Casse

‘Cross That Race Out’: Connections Hoping Sir Winston Improves On Second Start After Layoff

Grade 1 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets winner Sir Winston recorded his first official work of 2020 on Thursday morning with a five-furlong move in 1:02.86 over the Belmont training track. Trained by Mark Casse for owner-breeder Tracy Farmer, the 4-year-old Awesome Again chestnut worked under exercise rider Amy Mullen and recorded splits of 26.00 and […]

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Full Field Of 14 Seeks Kentucky Derby Points In Lecomte Stakes

Led by Joseph W. Sutton’s Scabbard, the maximum number of 14 three-year-olds are programmed to leave the starting gate in Saturday’s $200,000 Lecomte (G3), one of six stakes to be run on “Road to the Derby Kickoff Day presented by Hotel Monteleone”. Now run at 1 1/16 miles, the Lecomte offers 10-4-2-1 points on the […]

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Belmont Winner Sir Winston Returns To Dirt For Jazil, Dubai World Cup A Future Possibility

Tracy Farmer’s reigning Grade 1 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets winner Sir Winston returned to trainer Mark Casse’s division at Belmont Park on Saturday and will make his 4-year-old debut in a race named after a fellow victor of the ‘Test of the Champion’. The chestnut son of Awesome Again will breeze on Thursday […]

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Tracksmith Proves Game In Woodchopper; Sir Winston Finishes Last

Calumet Farm’s Tracksmith, the lukewarm 3.40 post time favorite, overcame a messy first turn to take the $75,000 Woodchopper Stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse. Around the first turn, Tracksmith was forced out seven-wide by Irish Heatwave before settling into an outside stalking position. Turning for home, jockey Adam Beschizza let the 3-year-old son of Street […]

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Belmont Stakes Winner Sir Winston Returns From Layoff In Saturday’s Woodchopper

Tracey Farmer’s homebred Sir Winston, who won the Belmont Stakes (G1) over 1 ½ miles of dirt in June, is set to make his first start since in Saturday’s $75,000 Woodchopper at Fair Grounds. The about one mile turf race run over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course is restricted to 3-year-olds. After running a game […]

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Lynn’s Map Edges Mr. Monomoy In Key 2-Year-Old Allowance Route At Fair Grounds

The Santa Super Saturday card at Fair Grounds Racecourse featured six stakes races, but it was a two-turn allowance for 2-year-olds that may have been St. Nick’s greatest gift of all. Over a racetrack that was sloppy all day, race 13 on the 14-race card had the look of a prep for the “Road to […]

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Fair Grounds Allowance Race Could Serve As Prep For January’s Lecomte Stakes

We’re feasting on stakes, six of them to be exact, on Santa Super Saturday at Fair Grounds Racecourse, but you’ll want to stick around for dessert. Race 13 of 14 on Saturday is carded as a first-level optional claimer for 2-year-olds, but in reality, it’s a major stepping stone to the Lecomte (G3), to be […]

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‘Sometimes I Can’t Believe It’: Apprentice Torres Enjoying The Ride At Gulfstream

When he launched his professional riding career eight months ago, Cristian Torres just wanted to win some races. His dedication and success over that time has put the 22-year-old in position to win something much more. Based year-round in South Florida, riding at Gulfstream Park and Gulfstream Park West, Torres heads into the final weeks […]

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Dickinson: Racing On Dirt ‘Past Its Sell-By Date’; Politicians Will Force Change To Synthetics

Former trainer Michael Dickinson, who with his wife owns Tapeta Footings, told a panel Wednesday the “revolution against dirt” over safety concerns has already started, and that it’s unlikely racetracks will make the change to synthetics without political pressure. As reported by the Daily Racing Form, Dickinson was part of some heated exchanges during a […]

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Belmont Winner Sir Winston Targets Comeback Race On The Turf

Tracy Farmer’s Sir Winston, who has not raced since posting a 10-1 upset in the Belmont Stakes (G1) in June, posted a bullet half-mile work of :47 3/5 (fastest of 90) on Sunday morning at Fair Grounds for trainer Mark Casse and top assistant David Carroll, who handles the local string. After running a game […]

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