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‘Nice And Relaxed’ Perfect Alibi Works Toward Darley Alcibiades

Tracy Farmer’s multiple graded-stakes winner Perfect Alibi breezed a half-mile in 49.05 on the Belmont main track Sunday under exercise rider Amy Mullen in preparation for the Grade 1, $400,000 Darley Alcibiades at 1 1/16-miles on October 4 at Keeneland. Trained by Mark Casse, Perfect Alibi was perfect in two starts at Saratoga, including a […]

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War Of Will Posts Another ‘Stiff Breeze’ In Preparation For Pennsylvania Derby

Gary Barber’s War of Will, under exercise rider Amy Mullen, breezed a bullet five furlongs in 59 flat on the Belmont main track on Saturday in preparation for the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby at Parx on September 21. “He ended up going a little faster than we anticipated on paper, but the track […]

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‘Trying To Get Him Back Up To Where He Was’: War Of Will Aiming For Pennsylvania Derby

Mark Casse assistant Jamie Begg said the Barber-owned Preakness-victor War of Will is doing well, and will continue to train up to the Grade 1, $1 million Pennsylvania Derby on September 21 at Parx. War of Will is getting some extra time between races after running fifth in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy on July […]

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Got Stormy Responds Beautifully To ‘Big Ask,’ Will Target Woodbine Mile

Gary Barber and Southern Equine Stables’ Got Stormy had her connections in positive spirits after the 4-year-old Get Stormy filly bested the boys in a 2 ½-length win in the Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on Saturday. The Mark Casse trainee, who won the Fasig-Tipton De La Rose on August 3 at Saratoga, stormed back […]

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Belmont Derby: Turf ‘Should Suit’ Plus Que Parfait, Moon Colony ‘Doing Extremely Well’

Trainer Brendan Walsh will be racing Plus Que Parfait back on turf in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational, which is the headlining event for the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, July 6. The 3-year-old chestnut son of Point of Entry made his career debut on grass when third behind multiple graded-stakes […]

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Casse Slept Well After Belmont Victory; Travers The Goal For Sir Winston And War Of Will

Winning the “Test of the Champion”, and with a longshot who at the same time earned his first graded stakes victory, is a feat of such enormity that it can drive a man to drink. “I’m not a drinker. But last night we all went out to dinner and the restaurant where we ate had […]

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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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‘We Like Our Chances’: War Of Will Really ‘Wow’-ing Team Casse

They call him ‘Wow’. Sure it’s an acronym for his name, but it’s also the first thought that came to mind when the connections of Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes contender of War of Will watched him train early on. Owned by Gary Barber and trained by Mark Casse, the 3-year-old son of War Front […]

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Casse Notches 2000th Win At Gulfstream Park Saturday

Mark Casse, an eight-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s outstanding trainer, notched his 2000th career win on Saturday when Reimburse captured the second race at Gulfstream Park. Sent to post as the 8-5 mutuel favourite in the one-mile turf event, Reimburse, a Gabe Grossberg homebred, settled off the early pace under rider Tyler Gaffalione before […]

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‘I Think The Opportunity Is There’: Casse Expands Stable To Race Year-Round At Gulfstream

Trainer Mark Casse’s growing presence within the Thoroughbred racing world will expand to South Florida this spring and summer, when his stable will campaign a 50-horse division at Gulfstream Park. While Casse has had a strong presence during the Championship Meet, his decision to set up a large division during the spring and summer meetings […]

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