Dynamic Sky recovered from a tough trip to win the $100,000 Pasco Stakes over stablemate Sky Commander Jan. 12 at Tampa Bay Downs, giving owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse consecutive scores in the race.
There were familiar names on top of the leader board at the end of the 13-race season-ending card at Woodbine Dec. 16, with Mark Casse taking the training title and Luis Contreras on top of the jockey standings.
The two favorites in Nov. 24 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) ran to their odds, engaging in a thrilling stretch duel at Churchill Downs before Uncaptured prevailed by a head over Frac Daddy.
Just under four weeks after rolling to victory in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs, Uncaptured will target more success at the Louisville track Nov. 24 in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
Bill Farish Jr.'s Pool Play will be pointed toward the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) Nov. 23 at Churchill Downs, but the 7-year-old might not be the only Clark starter for trainer Mark Casse.
Mark Casse got Dynamic Sky for less than he expected and the colt has accomplished more than the trainer ever thought he would during his 2-year-old racing season.
Around the Mark Casse barn, Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly (gr. I) candidate Spring in the Air is known as the "Little Zenyatta" for her dressage-like prancing.
Star Contender, confidently ridden by Patrick Husbands, took command near the top of the lane and cruised home a 3 1/4-length winner in the $250,400 Cup and Saucer Stakes.
John Oxley's Spring in the Air closed with a huge run from mid-pack to win the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades (gr. I) by a length at Keeneland Oct. 5, punching her ticket to the Breeders' Cup.
Trainer Mark Casse entered Prospective and Stealcase in the $150,000 Ontario Derby at Woodbine Sept. 16, but only expects one to run. Casse will also send out Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber's Patrioticandproud.
John Oxley's Spirited Miss rallied from off the pace to take the Duchess Stakes at Woodbine July 28, earning her first stakes score.
The filly Dixie Strike, closing from well out on the track, edged past Colleen's Sailor just past the furlong pole to capture the $493,153 Prince of Wales Stakes July 15 in what could be the race's final renewal at Fort Erie.
Odds-on Prospective registered his third stakes win of the year when he drew clear in the final furlong to capture the $100,000 Ohio Derby (gr. III) by 2 1/2 lengths at Thistledown July 7.
Prospective won for the first time since the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) in March when he overcame a stumble at the start to capture the $149,314 Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine June 10.
John C. Oxley's Dixie Strike unleashed a drive on the inside to catch leader Tu Endie Wei and draw off to a 3 3/4-length victory in the Selene Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine May 13.
Only a dozen owners have won multiple Kentucky Derbys, and this year three owners have a chance to join that most exclusive club.
The Tampa Bay Derby winner went five furlongs in 1:01 2/5 at Churchill Downs April 28.
John Oxley's Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) winner Prospective, a major contender for the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), breezed five furlongs at Churchill Downs the morning of April 2 in 1:01 1/5.
Prospective, winner of the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 10, breezed five furlongs 1:03 on a fast main track at Churchill Downs the morning of March 27.
You wouldn't know it by his record, but Stealcase has always been a standout ever since he arrived in the barn of trainer Mark Casse. He will finally try to put it all together in the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes.
If you like consistent, experienced Derby horses, Prospective fits the bill. read blog
Prospective landed a spot in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when he outfought Golden Ticket in deep stretch to win the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II) March 10.
Trainer Chad Brown, who experienced great success last year with female turf stars Stacelita and Zagora, now appears to have an emerging turf stakes filly prospect in Dayatthespa.
Favored Dixie Strike, a half sister to 2011 Woodbine Oaks and Queen's Plate champion Inglorious, romped to a 5 1/2-length win in the $148,720 Ontario Lassie Stakes at Woodbine Dec. 3.
Canada-based trainer Mark Casse and owner John Oxley are a Breeders' Cup World Championships dynamic duo in the division for 2-year-old runners.
Northern Passion, one of four starters for trainer Mark Casse, ran down Dayatthespa in mid-stretch and went on to take the $235,100 Natalma Stakes (Can-IIIT) by 1 1/4 lengths Sept. 17 at Woodbine.
Monarchos, who won the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) 10 years ago, was returned to Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky., following successful colic surgery April 19.
Trainer John Ward has a master plan in mind for the daughter of Tapit. Read Blog
Grade II stakes-placed Forest Command will stand in 2011 at Oak Hill Farm near Paso Robles, Calif.
Juvenile Fillies hopeful was the $500,000 sale topper at the OBS April sale of 2-year-olds.
Even-money choice Dancinginherdreams charged through an opening at the rail and romped to victory in the $165,450 Pocahontas Stakes (gr. II) on the opening day of the Churchill Downs fall meet Oct. 31.
Trainer John Ward buys him for John Oxley from Eddie Woods, agent.
Two of John Oxley's top 3-year-old prospects worked out at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 3 for trainer John Ward, including Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) winner Beethoven.
Beethoven scored in the Kentucky Jockey Club Nov. 29 at Churchill Downs.
Commentator, a two-time grade I winner for Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito, leads a field of seven for the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap Sept. 20 at Suffolk Downs.
Dell Hancock and D.G. Van Clief Jr. have been elected to the board of stewards of The Jockey Club, filling the positions vacated by Donald R. Dizney and John C. Oxley at the expiration of their four-year terms of office.
John Oxley's multiple graded stakes winner Strong Contender, scratched as the second choice the morning of Saturday's Donn Handicap, has possibly suffered a career-ending injury.
John Oxley's 4-year-old Strong Contender wasn't seriously injured when clipped from behind in the roughly run Hal's Hope Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park Jan. 6 and remains on target for the Donn Handicap (gr. I) on Feb. 3.
John Oxley's Strong Contender, winner of the Super Derby (gr. II) in his last start, will skip the Breeders' Cup Classic - Powered by Dodge (gr. II) and will point for the Gulfstream Park meeting, with his main goal being the Donn Handicap (gr. I), trainer John Ward said Thursday.
By John Oxley - I believe the vast majority of owners and trainers want a level playing field where horsemanship counts and the best horses win. I believe they also want to see the cheaters severely punished. Repeat offenders should be eliminated from our sport. These are the objectives of the RMTC.
Owner John Oxley and trainer John Ward confirmed Monday morning they plan to run both Minister's Bid and Dr. Pleasure in Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga.
Thanks to what trainer John Ward terms "unfortunate circumstances," John Oxley's Strong Contender has but one pressure-packed race left for a potential trip to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and he'll need a top finish in the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland April 15.
John Oxley's Strong Contender, one of what is shaping up to be a full field of contenders for the Lane's End Stakes (gr. II) at Turfway Park, has had plenty of experience with Polytrack and trainer John T. Ward Jr. figures that to be a plus for Saturday afternoon's race.
Though he has had only one previous start, John Oxley's 3-year-old Strong Contender could merit serious consideration on the road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) with his 4 3/4-length triumph over a strong field of sophomores in his first start of the year Wednesday at Gulfstream Park.
John Oxley's For All We Know came from off the pace to pull away from Flying Glitter in deep stretch for her first graded stakes victory in the $300,000 Raven Run (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland Saturday.
Recent stakes winners Pin Oak Stable's Whimsy and Ralls & Foster's Eyes On Eddy top a field of eight sophomore fillies entered for Saturday's $100,000 Arlington Oaks at Arlington Park.
John C. Oxley's Jambalaya Jazz, a 13-year-old stallion standing at Charles Nuckols Jr. and Sons' Nuckols Farm near Midway, Ky., was killed by lightning in his paddock June 27.
- By Tom LaMarra
Friends of New York Racing, a nonprofit entity formed to devise a new economic model for New York racing, has proposed a profitable public/private structure for the New York Racing Association and installation of video lottery terminals at Belmont Park.
The hopeful expectations of both Keeneland Association officials and consignors did not materialize at the company's annual 2-year-olds in training sale Tuesday as all key numbers declined from one year ago.
Trainer John Ward won't be caught up in the hoopla of Florida Derby (gr. I) week like he was in 2001 when Monarchos parlayed a victory in Gulfstream's premier event into a win in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), but he did send three of his talented fillies for workouts Monday, each with potential for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
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