Keyword: Mark Casse

  • Manuel Franco celebrates his first Saratoga Race Course grade 1 on World Approval

    World Approval Kicks Clear in Fourstardave

    Dialing back in distance and skimming easily over good turf after a heavy rainstorm Aug. 12 at Saratoga Race Course, veteran World Approval kicked clear to win the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap (G1T).

  • Classic Empire (outside) trains over the Churchill main track in his most recent work June 2

    Pennsylvania Derby in Play for Classic Empire

    With the Aug. 26 Travers Stakes (G1) looming and his presence on the work tab still unaccounted for since arriving at Saratoga Race Course, a start in the Sept. 23 Pennsylvania Derby (G1) is a "Plan B" that could become a reality for Classic Empire.

  • Classic Empire has been sidelined by a hoof abscess since early June

    Classic Empire to Resume Galloping

    John Oxley's reigning juvenile male champion Classic Empire is scheduled to resume galloping the morning of July 22 following an easy week at Saratoga Race Course, said Norman Casse, assistant trainer to his father Mark.

  • Florida Oaks winner Fifty Five at Tampa Bay Downs

    Lake George Stakes a Wide-Open Affair

    A well-matched group of sophomore fillies accustomed to trading blows with one another co-headline the opening day of Saratoga as graded stakes winners Fifty Five, Dream Dancing, and Sweeping Paddy are set to start in the Lake George Stakes (G3T).

  • Stronach Stables' Holy Helena winning the Woodbine Oaks

    Holy Helena Favored for Queen's Plate

    Stronach Stables' Holy Helena, a daughter of Ghostzapper and winner of the June 11 Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser, is the 3-1 morning-line choice for the July 2 Queen's Plate at Woodbine.

  • King and His Court takes the Wando Stakes

    Casse Duo Set for Queen's Plate Run

    Trainer Mark Casse was at the Royal Ascot meet June 23 to saddle La Coronel to a fifth-place run in the Coronation Stakes (G1) and July 2 he'll be at Woodbine to watch King and His Court and State of Honor compete in the Queen's Plate.

  • Enstone gallops at Woodbine June 8

    Enstone Looks Hard to Beat in Woodbine Oaks

    East West Stable's Enstone (by Tiznow), holds a class edge over her fellow 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser. The nine-furlong filly classic drew a field of 12 Canadian-breds.

  • Belmont Stakes News Update for June 7

    Belmont Stakes News Update for June 7

    Claire Novak interviews trainer Mark Casse about Classic Empire's defection from the Belmont Stakes (G1), and checks in on the juvenile champion on a busy Wednesday morning as the remaining Belmont contenders gear up for the race.

  • Classic Empire before the Preakness Stakes

    Classic Empire to Begin Belmont Training

    John Oxley's Classic Empire, who finished second in the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) by a head, is scheduled to begin preparations for the June 10 Belmont Stakes (G1) with a morning jog May 25 at Churchill Downs.

  • La Coronel runs down stablemate Dream Dancing to win the Edgewood

    La Coronel Prepares for Royal Ascot Run

    Trainer Mark Casse looks to invade and score at Royal Ascot again this year with John Oxley's multiple graded stakes winner La Coronel in the one-mile Coronation Stakes (G1). 

  • Cloud Computing after his Preakness victory

    Cloud Computing Leaves Pimlico, Others Thinking Belmont

    With the glow of the sun pink on the horizon and most of the Pimlico Race Course stakes barn just beginning to rustle with activity, Preakness Stakes (G1) winner Cloud Computing departed from Baltimore to return to his Belmont Park home base May 21.

  • Always Dreaming May 17 at Pimlico Race Course

    Always Dreaming Draws Post 4 in Preakness

    Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) winner Always Dreaming was assigned post 4 and installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite May 17 at the post position draw for the May 20 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Summer Luck gallops over the track at Churchill Downs May 4

    Summer Luck Eyes Black-Eyed Susan

    Gary Barber's Summer Luck didn't get the scratch she needed to run in the overflow Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1), but her team is looking forward to a start in the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) at Pimlico Race Course.

  • Classic Empire at Churchill Downs

    Classic Empire, Gunnevera Confirmed for Preakness

    Classic Empire and Gunnevera, fourth- and seventh-place finishers respectively in the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), will both head to the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course May 20, their connections said May 8.

  • Oaks morning-line favorite Paradise Woods

    Talent Pool Runs Deep in Kentucky Oaks

    Miss Sky Warrior's trainer Kelly J. Breen notes the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) has a 'Final Four' feel, but the talent runs much deeper for Churchill Downs' main event May 5.

  • Patch heads to the track May 1 at Churchill Downs

    Range of Experience Levels in 2017 Derby Hopefuls

    While Todd Pletcher acknowledges three starts going into this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) is not ideal for Patch, the Calumet Farm homebred has enough working in his favor that Pletcher believes he has earned his shot.

  • Vexatious works six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 at Churchill for the Kentucky Oaks

    Vexatious Stands Out in Oaks Move

    One Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) filly working out April 28 stood out for her attire—if nothing else—during Churchill Downs' special training time reserved for horses in its two biggest races.

  • State of Honor at Churchill Downs April 21

    State of Honor, Salty Breeze for Casse at Churchill

    State of Honor and Salty both put in five-furlong moves for trainer Mark Casse April 21 at Churchill Downs in preparation for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) May 6 and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) May 5. 

  • Salty wins the Gulfstream Park Oaks by 4 1/4 lengths

    State of Honor, Salty Get First Works at Churchill

    Less than 24 hours after champion Classic Empire crossed the wire first in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), trainer Mark Casse was overseeing approximately 20 of his runners put in their first works at Churchill Downs April 16.