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View From The Eighth Pole: An Opportunity Lost For Racing

More than 18 million households tuned in to NBC Sports to watch the Kentucky Derby on May 4. According to Sports Media Watch, the A.C. Nielsen ratings actually grew in the minutes after the race to 18.5 million households as stewards deliberated whether or not to disqualify Maximum Security from his apparent win. Controversy followed […]

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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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War Of Will Vindicated; Casse Emotional After First Classic Victory

First, there was fear. Then disappointment. Later, it was indignation. Two weeks after the history-making 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby, War of Will finally got the one thing his trainer and jockey had been asking for. “We were this close to never seeing him again,” said Mark Casse, referencing the Derby incident with Maximum […]

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Power Gal Powers Home On Top In Selene

Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson worked out a perfect pocket trip aboard Power Gal to take the $125,000 Selene Stakes (Grade 3) for three-year-old fillies in a mild upset on Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack. After winning the Selene last year with Miss Mo Mentum, the combination of trainer Mark Casse and owner Gary Barber struck again […]

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‘My Memory Is Pretty Short’: Casse Focused On Preakness Start For War Of Will

Rather than dwell on the controversial Kentucky Derby, trainer Mark Casse prefers to look forward to this Saturday’s 144th edition of the Grade 1 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. His trainee War of Will endured a rough trip in the Derby, but Casse told the Baltimore Sun that he will try to put that race out […]

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Casse: If Anything, Maximum Security Bothered War Of Will Not Once, But Twice

Controversy continues to swirl around the disqualification of Maximum Security from the winning spot of the 2019 Kentucky Derby. On Tuesday, Maximum Security owner Gary West announced he would bring a lawsuit contending War Of Will was the root cause of the interference in the latter part of the Kentucky Derby. War Of Will trainer […]

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Casse: ‘Horse Racing World Should Be Happy War Of Will Is Such An Athlete’

Less than 24 hours after being in the eye of one of the most surreal editions of the Kentucky Derby in its 145-year history, trainer Mark Casse found himself marveling at another remarkable feat Sunday morning. He pulled out Gary Barber’s multiple graded stakes winner War of Will to see what the day after might […]

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Casse: War Of Will ‘Especially Loves’ Churchill Downs

Whenever trainer Mark Casse wanted to impress the visitors who would come by his barn during the Saratoga meet last summer, he would pull out a certain bay son of War Front that he had pinned a whole heaping portion of expectations on. With his Adonis-like looks, War of Will always has been one to […]

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Wonder Gadot Voted Canadian Horse Of The Year

The Jockey Club of Canada hosted the 44th Annual Sovereign Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Vaughan’s elegant Chateau Le Jardin. The top three finalists in each category are determined by the online ballots of the Jockey Club of Canada’s knowledgeable voters. The media category award finalists were determined by the Professors of […]

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Eyeinthesky Goes Well Clear In Foggy Mizdirection Stakes

Gary Barber’s Eyeinthesky provided jockey Manny Franco his fourth win on the card with a dominant front-running effort in a foggy renewal of the $100,000 Mizdirection for sophomore fillies on Sunday at Aqueduct Racetrack. Trained by Mark Casse, the Sky Mesa bay arrived at the six-furlong sprint over an outer turf course rated ‘good’ off […]

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