Mark Casse

War Of Will ‘Feeling A Lot Better’ After Louisiana Derby Misstep

Less than 24 hours after enduring a scare when beaten Louisiana Derby favorite War of Will was reported to be significantly off following his ninth-place finish, trainer Mark Casse said the son of War Front was much improved Sunday morning, adding that his hopes of making the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve remain intact. […]

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Louisiana Derby: War Of Will Looks To Remain Perfect On Dirt

No rival has yet made a dent in War of Will’s leadership of the 3-year-old division in New Orleans this winter, but 10 will make a belated attempt to do so Saturday in the $1 million TwinSpires.com Louisiana Derby (Grade I) at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile Louisiana Derby is the finale on a 13-race program […]

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War Of Will, Country House Rematch Set For Louisiana Derby

A field of 11 sophomores has been set for Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ final prep on the Road To The Kentucky Derby – the 106th running of the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on Saturday, March 23. Six weeks out from the Grade I $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford […]

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War Of Will Remains ‘Happy And Healthy’ Ahead Of Louisiana Derby

The wet track conditions were not what the connections were hoping for, but Grade III Lecomte and Grade II Risen Star Stakes winner War of Will marched on and continued to exhibit excellent work ethic in his final breeze for the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby to be run Saturday, March 23 at […]

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‘Take The Risk Off The Table’: Capuano Reflects On Sale Of Sophomore Hoffa’s Union

Had things turned out differently, Gary Capuano would be taking calls about bringing maiden winner Hoffa’s Union back in Saturday’s $100,000 Private Terms for 3-year-olds at Laurel Park barely two weeks off his impressive career debut. Instead, the 55-year-old trainer found it hard to even put the phone down before it rang again with someone […]

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Chocolate Kisses Nets Oaks Berth With Honeybee Score

Debby Oxley’s Chocolate Kisses earned herself 50 points and a spot in the gate for the May 3 $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) with her come from behind victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Honeybee Stakes before a crowd of 16,000 at Oaklawn Park. Chocolate Kisses was unhurried early as the even-money favorite Motion Emotion jumped […]

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War Of Will Records ‘Beautiful Piece Of Work’ Toward Louisiana Derby

Not a thing has changed with the way two-time Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots graded stakes winner War of Will has trained and the connections wouldn’t have it any other way. In his most important work in preparation for the Grade II $1 million Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby on March 23, trainer Mark Casse’s assistant […]

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‘Grown Up’ Dream Maker Represents Friendly Competition In Tampa Bay Derby

On sultry summer evenings in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., it’s not unusual to see owners John C. Oxley, Charlotte Weber and Tracy Farmer sharing a table with trainer Mark Casse, reliving the day’s excitement and spinning yarns about the sport’s champions and colorful characters. No matter the outcome of Saturday’s Grade II, $400,000 Lambholm South Tampa […]

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Casse Has Pair Of Serious Contenders For G3 Honeybee Stakes

After winning the $125,000 Martha Washington Stakes Feb. 2 with Power Gal, trainer Mark Casse is scheduled to have more horsepower in the $200,000 Honeybee Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Oaklawn. In addition to Power Gal, Casse entered the well-bred Chocolate Kisses, a first-level allowance winner on the turf Jan. 18 at Fair […]

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War Of Will ‘Great As Ever,’ Dream Maker ‘Very Good’ In Fair Grounds Breezes

Rain or shine, business typically goes on as planned at Mark Casse’s stable at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, so a sealed and muddy main track early Saturday morning did not deter assistant David Carroll from working two of the stable’s prized 3-year-olds. Owned by Gary Barber, two-time graded stakes winner War of Will […]

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