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STARTS WINS SECONDS THIRDS $$ EARNED WIN % IN THE MONEY %
12,444 2002 1,839 1,645 $109,921,154 16 % 45 %
 
 
2016 - to May 6
 
STARTS WINS SECONDS THIRDS $$ EARNED WIN % IN THE MONEY %
346 66 54 49 $4,034,777 17 % 45 %
 
 
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Casse headed to Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Two-time Woodbine Mile winner Wise Dan and perennial Woodbine leading trainer Mark Casse headline this year’s list of five Thoroughbred racing inductees to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
 
The Hall of Fame’s 20-member election committee determined the inductees through a secret ballot.
 
Wise Dan won the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile in 2012 and 2013, setting the one-mile turf-course record in the 2013 edition of the race. He went on to win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Mile in both years and won Eclipse Awards as Horse of the Year, champion male grass horse, and champion older male in both seasons. In his 31 career starts, Wise Dan recorded 23 wins, including 11 in Grade 1 races, and earned more than $7.5 million for trainer Charlie LoPresti and owner and breeder Morton Fink.
 
Casse is a seven-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s outstanding trainer and is in line to win the award once again at Friday night’s Sovereign Award ceremonies. Casse has been Woodbine’s leading trainer 10 times and holds the record for the most wins during a single Woodbine meet with 119 victories in 2011. Casse won his first Queen’s Plate in 2014 with Lexie Lou and won his first two Breeders’ Cup races in 2015 with Catch a Glimpse in the Juvenile Fillies Turf and Tepin in the Mile.
 
Casse has trained eight Canadian classic winners, including three Prince of Wales Stakes winners, three Woodbine Oaks winners, one Queen’s Plate winner, and one Breeders’ Stakes winner.
 
The three other Thoroughbred racing inductees are Michael Colterjohn, Daryl Wells Sr., and Dahlia.
 
The late Colterjohn joined Gardiner Farms in 1987 and became farm president, building a quality broodmare band that made the farm a significant player in the Canadian yearling market. Following the sale of Gardiner Farms in 2008, Colterjohn founded Paradox Farm with his wife, Moira Gunn, and farm manager Sherry McLean. Among the horses bred by Paradox Farm are 2014 Queen’s Plate winner and Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou and 2011 Canadian champion 3-year-old male Pender Harbour.
 
The late Wells was Woodbine’s first track announcer in 1956 and also called races at Fort Erie and Greenwood racetracks. Wells called races at Woodbine until 1986, and some of his more famous calls include Northern Dancer’s Queen’s Plate win in 1964 and Secretariat’s final race in 1973 in the Canadian International.
 
Dahlia won Group 1 or Grade 1 stakes in five different countries, including the Canadian International in 1974 as a 4-year-old. She won 15 of 48 career starts and became the first female horse to surpass $1 million in earnings.
 
The five Standardbred inductees are the horses San Pail and Odies Fame, along with John Ferguson Sr., Yves Filion, and Bruce Johnston.
 
The Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Aug. 3.

 
Casse Notches 2000th Win At Gulfstream Park Saturday
 Mark Casse, an eight-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada's outstanding trainer, notched his 2000th career win on Saturday when Reimburse captured the second race at Gulfstream Park. 
 
Sent to post as the 8-5 mutuel favourite in the one-mile turf event, Reimburse, a Gabe Grossberg homebred, settled off the early pace under rider Tyler Gaffalione before unfurling an impressive stretch run for a comfortable score. He paid $5.20 to win.
“We're excited to be able win it with Gabe Grossberg; he's been a loyal owner for many years,” said Casse.
Casse won his first race as a trainer at Keeneland with Joe's Coming, his first starter, on April 14, 1979.
A 10-time leading trainer at Woodbine, the Indiana native's name is synonymous with success in Canadian racing having recently been elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.
Casse, who has horses based in Ontario, Florida and Kentucky, was keen to share the moment with his team.  His assistant trainers include his son Norman in Kentucky, Jamie Begg at Gulfstream Park, as well as Kathryn Sullivan and David Adams at Woodbine.
“We have such a wonderful team.  When we first started I was doing it all. I don't know how many times I drove the horse van to Churchill Downs,” said Casse. “Even now, I still have the same love that I have for the game and what I've tried to do with our team is go and find people that have the same passion.
“I think that's one of the things that make this so great,” continued Casse. “I work with a number of people who share that same passion.”
A truly family affair, Casse also wished to thank his wife, Tina, for her continued support.
“I couldn't do it without Tina. She makes sure everything works from a financial standpoint so I don't have to worry about that,” said Casse.
With 35 years in the game, it's a testament to Casse's continued growth as a trainer that 2015 was arguably his best year ever.
At Woodbine, Casse surpassed the $5-million mark in earnings for the fifth consecutive year, while recording his ninth straight training title and tenth overall, winning 80 races.
A banner 2015 for Casse also saw Catch a Glimpse burst onto the national scene in September with a victory in the Grade II Natalma Stakes, a Breeders' Cup Win & You're In event.  She followed through on her promise by besting a field of 14 in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf to provide Casse with his first Breeders' Cup winner.  Catch a Glimpse was named Canada's Horse of the Year for her efforts.
2015 was also a breakthrough season for turf darling, Tepin. The multiple graded stakes winning filly enjoyed a remarkable campaign, winning five of seven starts including the Grade I Breeders' Cup Mile, en route to Eclipse Award honours as Champion Grass Mare.
Casse again was quick to share the success with his team including those working at his farm in Ocala, Florida.
“Mitch Downs and Cindy Black have been with us 35 years and 25 years each. They're the ones behind the scenes that allow everyone to see these horses run and win,” said Casse. “A lot of people don't realize horses like Tepin were all broke and started at our farm and came up through our system. I'm very proud of that as well.”
While there are many great moments over Casse's 2000 career scores, one does stand out above the rest.
“It would have to be Tepin winning the Breeders' Cup Mile,” said Casse. “She didn't just beat the boys, she destroyed them. You saw my emotion when it happened and that was after 35 years of racing.
“And I have to say,” continued Casse. “The win by Catch a Glimpse the day before in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf was also huge.”
Tepin is expected to make her next start in the Queen Anne at Royal Ascot with a follow-up date at Woodbine in September in consideration.
Casse's list of memorable horses is a lengthy one including four Horses of the Year in Canada – Catch a Glimpse (2015), Lexie Lou (2014), Uncaptured (2012) and Sealy Hill(2007), the only filly to win the Canadian Triple Tiara.
Other notable Casse runners include Grade I winners Dark Ending, Exciting Story, Pool Play, Spring in the Air, My Conquestadory and Noble Bird.