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STARTS WINS SECONDS THIRDS $$ EARNED WIN % IN THE MONEY %
12,272 1,964 1,808 1,615 $107,463,810 16 % 45 %
 
 
2016 - to April 1
 
STARTS WINS SECONDS THIRDS $$ EARNED WIN % IN THE MONEY %
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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.

 
Champion Tepin sets stakes record in Jenny Wiley victory
BY ALICIA WINCZE HUGHES
 
 
 
 
Catch a Glimpse named 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year
 
ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Catch a Glimpse was named the 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year at the 41st annual Sovereign Awards ceremony on Friday night at Woodbine.
 
Catch a Glimpse was voted Horse of the Year over Academic, Interpol, and Shaman Ghost. The four finalists were revealed right before the award was announced.
 
Catch a Glimpse earned three awards on the night, also picking up champion 2-year-old filly and champion turf female honors. She recorded three wins on the grass in 2015, including victories in the Grade 2 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine in September and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Keeneland in October.
 
“This filly just proved that she was unbelievable,” said Jeff Begg of Windways Farm, which owns Catch a Glimpse in partnership with Gary Barber and Michael James Ambler. “She’s started this year off the same way. We’re here to really pay tribute to the horse. She did everything for us. We just went along for the ride and were lucky to do so.”
 
Catch a Glimpse’s trainer, Mark Casse, earned his fifth consecutive Sovereign Award as outstanding trainer and his eighth award in the category overall after leading all Woodbine trainers in wins, stakes wins, and purse earnings in 2015.

 
Canadian champion Catch a Glimpse captures Appalachian Stakes
 
 Less than a week after being crowned the 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year, Catch a Glimpse showed why she earned that honor with a determined three-quarter-length victory over Ava’s Kitten in the Grade 3, $125,000 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland on Thursday.
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Catch a Glimpse, under Florent Geroux, scores by three-quarters of a length as the favorite in the Appalachian.

Outsprinted early, Catch a Glimpse settled in third early under regular rider Florent Geroux, as longshots Recognition and Princess Princess established the pace with splits of 23.37 seconds and 47.86 in the one-mile turf race. Leaving the backstretch Geroux took a confident peek over his shoulder, and asked Catch a Glimpse for more speed.

Catch a Glimpse surged alongside the leaders soon after a six-furlong split in 1:12.88,  although she didn’t accelerate in quite the same many that she had in some of her prior wins, such as in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. She gradually opened up a two-length lead in midstretch, and seemed to coast late after putting away a stretch bid from Ava’s Kitten.

Outsider Art, who finished a half- length behind runner-up Ava’s Kitten, rallied belatedly to finish third.

Catch a Glimpse switched leads a couple times in the lane, which Geroux attributed to her losing her focus after putting away the competition.

“Sometimes at the end she can show a little bit of a weakness.  Sometimes she gets a little bit bored,” he said.

A 3-year-old City Zip filly owned by Gary Barber, Michael James Ambler, and Windways Farm, Catch a Glimpse ($3.20) raced a mile on a firm course in 1:37.27, well off the stakes record of 1:34.80, notably set by her dam, Halo River, in 1998.

Norm Casse, the son and lead assistant of trainer Mark Casse, said plans for Catch a Glimpse would be evaluated in the coming days, but mentioned the Grade 3 Edgewood at Churchill Downs on Oaks Day, May 6 as a possible next-race option.

Dothraki Queen, last year’s third-place finisher in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, turned in a flat comeback race. She ended up eighth, passing only two tired fillies. Having raced predominantly on dirt last year, Dothraki Queen was switched to turf for her first start at 3.