Mark Casse

Birth Date: Saturday, January 14, 1961
Birth Place: Indianapolis, IN

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
86 12 13 10 $457,301
Career: Casse captured his seventh straight training title at Woodbine in 2013 and has been honored with five Sovereign Awards as Canada’s top trainer. He saddled Uncaptured for victory in the Prince of Wales Stakes, the second leg of Canada’s Triple Crown, for which he saddled Dixie Strike for victory in 2012. He also saddled My Conquestadory for victory in the Alciabides (G1) at Keeneland among his many stakes success in 2013.
 
Casse ranked seventh in North America with $10.2 million in purses-won in 2012, when he saddled 2-year-old filly Spring in the Air for victory in the Alcibiades (G1) at Keeneland. He also enjoyed success with 2-year-old stakes winners, Spring Venture, who had defeated Spring in the Air at Woodbine in the Natalma Stakes (G3), and Uncaptured, who won three stakes at Woodbine. He also trained Prospective, the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) and Ohio Derby (G3) winner; and Stealcase, the Ontario Derby (G3) winner. 
 
He won his 1000th race at Woodbine in 2008. 
 
He trained many Sovereign Award winners, including 2007 Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill and 1999 2-year-old champion Exiting Story, who went on to win the 2001 Met Mile (G1). 
 
Other: His father, Norman, had a breeding business in Indiana before moving on to Ocala, where he served as chairman of the board of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales until his retirement in 2008. 
 
Casse was a quick learner and ran his father’s Cardinal Hill Farm in Ocala at 16. He took out his trainer’s license at 18, winning his first race at Keeneland in 1979.
 
He became private trainer and general manager for Harry Mangurian’s Mockingbird Far. He and his wife Tina now own and operate Moonshadow Farm training center in Ocala. 
 
His son, Norman, is his top assistant.