Mark Casse
Trainer Bios

Mark Casse

Born: February 14, 1961 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 101

Stakes Wins: 19

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2001 Metropolitan Handicap with Exciting Story

First Stakes Win: 1979 Indian Maid at Sportsman’s Park with Amalie

First Graded Stakes Win: 1984 Jamaica (G3) at Belmont Park with Raja’s Shark

First Career Win: April 14, 1979, at Keeneland with Joe’s Coming

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2015 Danzig Moon 2nd

2014

Coastline

10th

2013

Dynamic Sky

9th

2013

Uncaptured

10th

2012

Prospective

6th

2008

Miner’s Claim

6th

2006

Seaside Retreat

6th

At Keeneland


During the 2017 Spring Meet, won the Shakertown (G2) with Holding Gold, Commonwealth (G3) with Awesome Slew and Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association with La Coronel.

HIs stakes wins during the 2017 Fall Meet were the Darley Alcibiades (G1) with Heavenly Love, Queen Eliabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (G1) with La Coronel and Dixiana Bourbon (G3) with Flameaway.

Leading trainer during the 2016 Fall Meet with 13 wins, including four stakes wins: Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (G1) with Classic Empire, Hagyard Fayette (G2) with Noble Bird, Dixiana Bourbon (G3) with Keep Quiet (FR) and JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) with La Coronel.

During the 2016 Spring Meet, won the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) with Tepin and the Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing ASsociation with Catch a Glimpse.

Co-leading trainer during the 2015 Fall Meet with nine wins, including the First Lady (G1) with Tepin and Dixiana Bourbon (G3) with Airoforce.

During the 2015 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland, he sent out Tepin to win the Mile (G1) and Catch a Glimpse to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

Leading trainer during the 2014 Spring Meet with 11 wins. Won the Hilliard Lyons Doubledogdare (G3) with Sisterly Love.

Won first Keeneland race during the 1979 Spring Meet with his first starter, Joe’s Coming.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2012 Darley Alcibiades (G1) with Spring in the Air. Won the race in 2013 with My Conquestadory.

Career


Breeders' Cup wins (4): 2015 Mile with Tepin and Juvenile Fillies Turf with Catch a Glimpse; 2016 Juvenile with Classic Empire; 2017 Mile with World Approval.

North American career earnings exceed $141 million with 2,414 wins through January 29, 2018.

2017 earnings were $17,420,200 from 233 wins, including the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) with World Approval, Arkansas Derby (G1) with Classic Empire and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) at Keeneland with La Coronel.

2016 earnings were $17,946,005 with 235 wins, including the Queen Anne (G1) at Royal Ascot and Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) with Tepin; Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) with Classic Empire; and Belmont Oaks Invitational (G1) with Catch a Glimpse. 

Leading trainer at the Keeneland Fall, Churchill spring and Woodbine meets in 2016.

Trained Eclipse Award winners Tepin (2015-2016 champion female turf horse), Classic Empire (2016 champion 2-year-old male) and World Approval (2017 champion male turf horse).

2016 inductee into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Has won a record nine Sovereign Awards as Canada’s outstanding trainer: 2006-2008 and 2011-2016.

Background


A trip in a horse van with his father, Norman Casse, to see Secretariat win the 1973 Kentucky Derby hooked Mark on racing. His father had a successful breeding operation in Indiana before moving his family to Ocala, Fla., where he established Cardinal Hill Farm. Norman retired as chairman of the board of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales in 2006 after more than 40 years involvement in the industry.

Mark’s son, also named Norman, was his top assistant until going out on his own in 2018.