Mark Casse

Aug. 7 Insights: Casse Unveils Pricey Nyquist Filly

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 5th-SAR, $105K, Msw, 2yo, f, 7f, 3:21 p.m. EDT D J Stable's RENEGADE REBEL (Nyquist) makes her career bow in this spot for trainer Mark Casse. Privately purchased from Shadwell by Barry Eisaman, the gray summoned $700,000 from OBS April after breezing in :10 flat. Her second dam is MG1SW Sierra Madre (Fr) (Baillamont), who is also responsible for European champion Aljabr (Storm Cat). Wayne Catalano unveils Coffeepot Stables homebred Mirus (Medaglia d'Oro). The dark bay is out of MGSW & GISP Farrell (Malibu Moon),...

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Leading Ladies Inducted Into Hall of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY - By far, the most enthusiastic applause during the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame induction ceremony Friday morning was for a video clip of race that everyone in the audience likely had seen many times. Beholder's (Henny Hughes) career-capping victory by a nose over the previously unbeaten champion Songbird (Medaglia d'Oro) in the 2016 GI Breeder's Cup Distaff was nearly as gripping on the big screen at the Fasig-Tipton sales pavilion as it was live at Santa Anita Park. For sheer drama it ranks with...

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Thursday Racing Insights: Pricey Into Mischief 2-Year-Old Starts At The Spa

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 2nd-SAR, $105K, Msw, 2yo, f, 5 1/2fT, 1:39 p.m.   Purchased for $525,000 by trainer Kent Sweezey for R.S. Evans out of this year's OBSAPR sale following a :9 4/5 breeze, ILLICIT (Into Mischief) debuts in this spot. Bred by Evans, she was purchased by Gene Recio for $150,000 at Keeneland September and Evans was so impressed with how she developed, he bought her back. The bay is out of a half-sister to GSW Ocho Ocho Ocho (Street Sense) and GSP Private Ensign (A.P. Indy)....

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Beholder, Tepin Go Into Hall of Fame

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY-Just like Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro) and Zenyatta (Street Cry {Ire}) in 2016, Beholder (Henny Hughes) and Tepin (Bernstein) are entering the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame together Friday in their first year of eligibility. Six years after the no-brainer election package, Hall of Fame voters selected two brilliant race mares of the second decade of the 21st century to join the best-of-the-best club on Union Avenue. Though they excelled on different surfaces, there are plenty of similarities. Both were well-beaten in their career debuts. Both...

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Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to be Held August 5

The National Museum of Racing will induct the 2022 Hall of Fame class Friday, Aug. 5 at Fasig-Tipton. The event is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. Tom Durkin will serve as the master of ceremonies. The event is open to the public and free to attend. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on the Museum website at racingmuseum.org. A stellar class of inductees comprises the 2022 ceremony, namely four-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder (Henny Hughes); Hillsdale (Take Away), who is also the first Indiana-bred in the Hall of...

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Small, But Mighty, Shuvee Field Leads Sunday Graded Action

A lack of competitors doesn't always translate to a lack of competition and the GII Shuvee S. at Saratoga is a case in point, with an abbreviated field of four featuring a pair of titans. Fellow Curlin daughters Clairiere and Malathaat will bring their rivalry to round six in the 1 1/8-mile contest at the Spa; the latter coming out on the better end on four prior occasions. Malathaat will be breaking from the gate sporting blinkers for the first time in her career, likely intended to combat her tendency...

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July 16 Insights: Pricey Medag Filly Debut at Woodbine

10th-WO, $123.2K, Msw, 3yo/up, 7fT, 5:51 p.m. Gary Barber's $550K KEENOV buy MEDAGLIA MO (Medaglia d'Oro) makes her career bow in this spot for trainer Mark Casse. Her dam, GSW & GISP Mokat (Uncle Mo), was purchased by Springhouse Farm for $800,000 at KEENOV with this filly in utero. Mokat is a half to GSW Frolic's Dream (Smoke Glacken). Chiefswood Stables homebred Indy Champagne (Curlin) also debuts in this event. The bay is a half to graded winners Yorkton (Speightstown) and Weyburn (Pioneerof the Nile). TJCIS PPs

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Into Mischief Filly Impresses in Debutante

Wonder Wheel broke better and showed more speed than she did on debut to set strong splits and draw off impressively in Monday's Debutante S. at Churchill Downs. Having taken her local unveiling by 2 1/4 lengths from off the pace June 3, the $275,000 KEESEP acquisition emerged from between horses here to dole out an opening quarter of :21.52. Already well clear and threatening to run away from them after the half in :45.05, Wonder Wheel did just that as she cruised away to a facile  score. Sabra Tuff)...

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Monday's Racing Insights: Pricey Gun Runner Filly Debuts at Churchill

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency 4th-CD, $120K, Msw, 2yo, f, 6f, 2:13 p.m. Heider Family Stables' STUNNINGLY (Gun Runner) makes her first trip to the post Monday for trainer Steve Asmussen. Out of stakes winner Happy Mesa (Sky Mesa), the chestnut filly was a $675,000 Keeneland September acquisition. Trainer Mark Casse sends outs firster Forever Dixie (Quality Road). The John Oxley homebred is a daughter of graded winner Dixie Strike (Dixie Union). Ken McPeek saddles the debuting Aunt Mischief (Into Mischief), a daughter of Grade I placed Motown Lady (Uncle...

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Mark Casse Displays Perfect Record With Juveniles So Far in 2022

That Mark Casse won a pair of 2-year-old maiden races Sunday at Woodbine should not have come as a surprise. The trainer hasn't just been hot when it comes to his juvenile runners, he's been perfect. Casse has sent out eight 2-year-olds so far this year and all eight have won. Six were first-time starters and two others won in their second career starts. He leads all trainers in the category of 2-year-old winners on the year. Steve Asmussen is next with six. How has Casse done it? "For one...

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Connect Firster Impresses At Woodbine

5th-Woodbine, C$104,200, Msw, 6-12, 2yo, 5f (AWT), :57.57, ft, 6 1/4 lengths. BATTLE STRIKE (c, 2, Connect--Hold the Sugar, by Forest Wildcat), dispatched at 4-5 favoritism for his career debut, showed good speed from the gate to take the lead from mid-pack inside of Kaukokaipuu (Mr Speaker) through an opening quarter in :45.73. A length clear into the far turn racing just off the rail, it became a one-horse race down the stretch as Battle Strike powered home unchallenged to win impressively by 6 1/4 lengths as Kaukokaipuu held off...

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Friday Insights: Juddmonte Blueblood Hopes Second Time's a Charm

Sponsored by Alex Nichols Agency JUDDMONTE BLUEBLOOD HOPES SECOND TIME'S A CHARM 1st-BEL, $90K, Msw, 3yo/up, 1m, 12:50 p.m. Blueblooded Juddmonte homebred ARTORIUS (Arrogate) ran a huge race on debut at Keeneland Apr. 16, producing an eye-catching rally from well back to be second behind a 'TDN Rising Star' performance from Under Oath (Speightstown). The son of MGISW Paulassilverlining (Ghostzapper), who was recently profiled in Steve Sherack's "Second Chances" column, gets that second chance Friday in the Belmont opener. He faces a pair of well-related colts also making their second...

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