Three more to win to break Passero record

Woodbine’s leading trainer MARK CASSE is set to break a 15-year-old record, perhaps this weekend, as he is just 3 wins short of passing FRANK PASSERO’S mark of 89 wins in one Woodbine season.

Thanks to a 4-bagger on Friday (!!), the trainer is zooming right along right now. Patrick Husbands rode three of the winners and has long been a main man for Casse.

Passero won 89 in 1995 with 413 runners. Casse, who has access to a couple of hundred horses both at Woodbine and a nearby training centre, has started less currently – 376.

Ahead of his nearest rival by 47 victories in 2011, Casse has posted 10 consecutive top-five finishes in the standings.

He’ll send out six horses on Saturday and two on Sunday.

He has a reasonable chance to get 1 in the DAILY DOUBLE – he has a favoured 2yo in race one and a pair of fillies in race 2.

In the 4th race – which was a turf 2yo race but now is on the main track (don’t expect grass racing for at least a week with lots of rain coming next week too). He has a 1ster named I CAT and a good one named SATURDAY CLASSIC, should both go.

EXETER ROAD is entered for grass but is an unbeaten fellow, HIPPOYLTUS is in the tough Ontario Derby and MIDDLE OF THE NITE and EDDIE SET GO contend in the finale.

Prediction – the barn ties the record today.

READ A STORY ON MARK here: (shameless plug, it was written by yours truly..!)

1    Mark E. Casse    376    87    60    49    $4,942,810    23%    196    52%
2    Reade Baker    185    40    28    22    $2,115,088    22%    90    49%
3    Steven M. Asmussen    164    32    33    24    $1,107,617    20%    89    54%
4    Sid C. Attard    197    29    40    35    $2,059,773    15%    104    53%
5    Josie Carroll    110    26    8    10    $2,250,566    24%    44    40%
5    Robert P. Tiller    195    26    32    27    $1,518,511    13%    85    44%
7    Roger L. Attfield    129    23    23    23    $1,895,976    18%    69    53%
8    Michael J. Doyle    190    21    21    18    $1,255,216    11%    60    32%
8    Brian A. Lynch    110    21    16    22    $1,061,854    19%    59    54%
8    Scott H. Fairlie    161    21    21    29    $776,032    13%    71    44%





One of Casse’s proudest days this year was the Grade 1 win by canadian bred POOL PLAY in the Stephen Foster, a difficult project that came to fruition





With PENDER HABROUR in Pennsylavania with LUIS CONTRERAS at 12 to 1 in the Penn. Derby, the ONTARIO DERBY is a showdown for MOONSHINE MULLIN, who will be heavily bet off his Jim Dandy and Travers Stakes runs.
The son of Albert the Great will have the blinkers off as he will try to relax after being keyed up it the Travers.
DERBY KITTEN invades with Mike Smith up, and BOWMAN’S CAUSEWAY, who needs a very delciate ride, covered up, is back again and he sure is overdue to win one of these things. OH CANADA is a very dangerous front runner today, watch out.
Should be a doozy.

Ontario Derby
Purse $150,000. (Plus $30,000 – State Bred). For Three-Year-Olds. By subscription of $150 each which shall accompany the nomination and an additional $1,500 when making entry. The purse to be divided: 60% to the winner, 20% to second, 10% to third, 5% to fourth, 2% to fifth,1% to sixth, 1% to seventh, 1% to eighth. Weight: 124 Lbs. Non-winners of a Sweepstakes of $60,000 three times at a mile or over in 2011, allowed 3 Lbs.; Of a Sweepstakes of $60,000 twice at a mile or over in 2011, 5 Lbs.; Of a Sweepstakes of $60,000 once at a mile or over in 2011, 7 Lbs. (No Canadian Bred Allowance.) (Closed with 18 Nominations) Final entries to be made through the entry box at the closing time then in effect for overnight events. A supplemental nomination may be made no later than the time of final entry, by a non-refundable fee of $3,000, which includes the entry fee. *Plus up to $16,200 Ontario Sired/Ontario Bred Breeder Awards. One And One Eighth Miles. (All Weather Track)
P#     PP     Horse     Virtual
Stable     A/S     Med     Jockey     Wgt     Trainer     M/L
1     1     Moonshine Mullin (KY)         3/C     L     E Wilson     119     R Baker     5/2
2     2     Silverleo (KY)         3/G     L     S Callaghan     117     D J Vella     20/1
3     3     Derby Kitten (KY)         3/C     L     M E Smith     119     M J Maker     3/1
4     4     Alpha Bettor (KY)         3/C     L     J McAleney     117     D J Vella     15/1
5SCRATCHED..     5     Pender Harbour (ON)         3/G     L     L Contreras     121     M P De Paulo     4/1
6     6     Nanaimo (ON)         3/G     L     R A Dos Ramos     117     B J Minshall     20/1
7     7     Hippolytus (ON)         3/G     L     P Husbands     117     M E Casse     6/1
8     8     Bowman’s Causeway (ON)         3/R     L     E R Da Silva     117     C C Brown     6/1
9     9     Oh Canada (ON)         3/G     L     O Moreno     119     R P Tiller     8/1


Hey, Jake’s first selection off his little vacation (he was battling a sore tummy) was 4th in the Natalma for all you superfecta players. He has a record of 3 wins, 4 top 4 placings in 8 picks.

Today, Jake is gong with the fleet fellow RED EAGLE in race 6. He’s a big fan of that sire Legal Jousting and this is a pretty good runner. Woof!


Making a case for Casse

On a very rainy Friday, Mark Casse won 4 races, one even got into a world of trouble, Patrick Husbands won 3 of those and it does not hurt to be close to the pace on a wet Polytrack.

The Casse brigade started with WHO DAT AMBUSH, who stalked and won for Husbands in race 2, for 2yos, $32,000 claiming. The Ontario bred Orientate fellow, bred by Adena Springs, has several familiar owners.

BAKERS WOODS went from a drab debut outing for maiden allowance to a maiden score for $25K in race 3 for Eugene Melnyk and Casse and Husbands. He is by Forestry.

Casse trains Quintessential Florda’s and Danny Zita’s FORESTER’S MIST, wo won her maiden at the maiden allowance (Ontario sired) level in race 5. She is an Old Forester gal out of C’mon Surprise and was bred by Zita.

Finally, WINSTAR FARMS’ BLACKSTONE BAY was squeezed back and lost many lengths on the turn of race 8 but he came around and got past the good JOLSON to win for $40K claiming for Casse and jockey Luis Contreras.

The featured event of the day was the finale, a first level allowance at 10 furlongs and it went to Stronach Stables’ PEASANT, trained by Reade Baker. The Kentucky bred by Awesome Again posted a 75 Beyer Figure in his win off a short layoff. Emma-Jayne Wilson rode the winner.

It’s a Tie!

DAKOTA WARRIOR, based at Northlands Park and DASHING DAISY. The latter, a British Columbia based filly is 6 for 7 this year with $108,784 in earnings. She has won the Delta Colleen and BC Cup Distaff Handicap and surely is a contrender for older mare of the year in Canada.
She is a BC bred by Maass Market bred by Tod Mtn. Thoroughbreds.
Dakota Warrior is a claiming filly by A P Warrior.