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Norm Casse Looking For First Career Stakes Win In Bashford Manor

Trainer Norm Casse began training on his own in late March but is already attempting to win his first stakes race with 2-year-old maiden winner Tales of Chaucer, who is the 4-1 second choice on the morning line in Saturday’s $100,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. “If Tales of Chaucer runs back to […]

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Flameaway Guts Out Turf Victory In $100,000 Kitten’s Joy

Nine weeks after making his grass debut in the Breeders’ Cup, John Oxley’s Flameaway transferred his stakes-winning form from dirt to turf with a gutsy front-running victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Kitten’s Joy at Gulfstream Park. Already a two-time stakes winner at 2 in races rained off the grass, including the 1 11/6-mile Bourbon (G3) last fall at […]

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Favored Classic Empire Will ‘Send’ From The Gate In Arkansas Derby

John Oxley’s champion Classic Empire is the 8-5 program favorite for the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) Saturday at Oaklawn, a 1 1/8-mile race that highlights the closing-day program. Probable post time for the Arkansas Derby, the 11th of 12 races, is 6:18 p.m. (Central). Gates open at 10:30 a.m., with racing to begin at […]

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Salty Stretches Out With Success In Gulfstream Park Oaks

Making her first start around two turns, even-money favorite Salty put her connections on the road to the Kentucky Oaks with an impressive 4 1/4-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on the Florida Derby day undercard. Trained by Mark Casse and ridden by Joel Rosario, Salty – a 3-year-old filly by Quality […]

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Tepin Leads Casse’s Breeders’ Cup Contingent In Final Works At Churchill Downs

Friday morning was a busy one for the Mark Casse barn at Churchill Downs, as a quintet of the trainer’s Breeders’ Cup aspirants made their final serious preparations for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 4-5. Champion Turf Mare Tepin worked a half-mile in :49 under regular rider Julien Leparoux in […]

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Casse Starts ‘Tightening The Screws’ On Tepin

The Mark Casse-trained Tepin put away any doubts about her condition with a breeze over Saratoga’s Oklahoma turf Tuesday morning, skipping through a half-mile in :47.13 in company with Airoforce. With less than a month to go before her next scheduled start in the Woodbine Mile on Sept. 17, Casse and his son, assistant trainer […]

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Canadian Hall Of Fame Induction: A Casse Family Affair

Trainer Mark Casse barely has time to celebrate a year that has been beyond compare. On Wednesday, he was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. It was an emotional moment. He dashed into Toronto on Wednesday afternoon and before the night was over, he and his family were already on their way […]

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Casse Earns First Training Title At Churchill Downs Since 1988

Trainer Mark Casse parlayed a stakes double Saturday evening to win his first Churchill Downs training title since the 1988 Spring meeting. That was just the start of his impressive weekend, which included five stakes victories across three tracks in two different countries. Before the stakes action Satuday night at Churchill Downs, trainer Mike Maker […]

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Casse Team Still ‘Overwhelmed’ By Tepin’s Royal Ascot Victory

Norman Casse, son and assistant trainer to his father Mark, reflected on reigning Champion Turf Female Tepin’s victory in Tuesday’s Queen Anne (Group I) at Royal Ascot. “I really can’t explain it,” Casse said. “Obviously everybody is super excited and overwhelmed because what we did had never really been done before. It was really rewarding.” […]

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Tepin ‘Effortless’ In Final Breeze Before Royal Ascot Trip

Robert Masterson’s 2015 Champion Female Turf Horse Tepin registered her final local workout in advance of an international engagement in the June 14 Queen Anne (Group 1) at England’s Royal Ascot with a half-mile breeze in :48.40 under regular rider Julien Leparoux on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs. Assistant trainer Norman Casse described the move […]

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