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Flameaway Returns To Keeneland For Bid In Ben Ali Stakes

John Oxley’s Flameaway has shown an affinity for Keeneland during his career, winning the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) on a sloppy track as a 2-year-old in 2017 and finishing second to Good Magic in last spring’s $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2). On Saturday, he will try to add success in the Ben Ali (G3) to his local resume. “He tailed […]

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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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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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Dream Maker ‘Smooth And Professional’ In Half-Mile Move Toward Tampa Bay Derby

Trainer Mark Casse’s barn on the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots backstretch has done a fabulous job in displaying promising 3-year-old talent in New Orleans this winter and impressive Fair Grounds allowance winner Dream Maker took another step closer toward his expected start in the Grade II $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby on March 9 with a […]

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After Smashing Comeback Win, Casse Points Dream Maker For Tampa Bay Derby

John Oxley’s homebred Dream Maker backed up trainer Mark Casse’s high hopes in his return to racing action on Saturday afternoon with a stunning 8 1/2-length victory over the Fair Grounds main track and will target the Grade 2, $400,000 Tampa Bay Derby at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar, Fla., on March 9. The 3-year-old son […]

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‘A Lovely, Quality Filly’: First Foal Arrives For Champion Classic Empire

Classic Empire’s first foal has arrived; a bay filly out of the Grade 3-placed Bernardini mare Sky My Sky foaled last week at John Oxley’s Fawn Leap Farm near Midway, Ky. “She’s a lovely, quality filly,” commented farm manager Laurie Gimmon. Sky My Sky has been booked back to Classic Empire this year. From the […]

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Grade 1 Winners Pretty City Dancer, La Coronel To Be Offered At Fasig-Tipton November

Pretty City Dancer, a Gr. 1 Spinaway winner by Tapit and half-sister to Gr. 1 Gazelle winner Lear’s Princess, will be offered at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale with Taylor Made agent. Pretty City Dancer is in foal to perennial leading sire Medaglia d’Oro. This offering represents the total package for breeders; looks, pedigree and performance. […]

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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 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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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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