10,963 1,733 1,597 1,428 $88,947,592 16 % 45 %
605 105 105 80 $8,557,321 17 % 45 %

2014 Two year olds - all races
   trainer   starts  1st  2nd   3rd   total $   per start $   win % top 3 top 3 %
  Mark Casse   55  18  13  9  $1,108,578 $20,156   33%   40   73%
  Todd Pletcher   55  14  12  4 $1,044,840 $18,997   25%   30   55%
    Wesley Ward   79  15  19  9 $823,160 $10,420   19%   43   54%

Conquest Typhoon scores in Summer
 Ron Gierkink DRF

Conquest Typhoon graduated in style on Saturday at Woodbine in the Grade 2 Summer, giving Conquest Stable, trainer Mark Casse, and jockey Patrick Husbands a sweep of the two Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In stakes for 2-year-olds on the card.

Michael Burns
Conquest Typhoon, ridden by Patrick Husbands, earns a berth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf by winning the Summer Stakes.

Morning-line favorite Conquest Tsunami, who was to have been ridden by Corey Nakatani, was scratched about an hour before the Summer due to the giving ground on the turf course, according to owner Ernie Semersky.

“We had a tough decision,” Semersky said. “We wanted to see how the turf was after the Natalma Stakes. To Corey’s credit, he told Mark to scratch. ‘Tsunami’ is a big horse, and ‘Typhoon’ is every bit as good on this kind of turf.”

Conquest Typhoon raced wide on the turn in fourth, while Samuel Dechamplain set moderate fractions in the one-mile route. Conquest Typhoon hit the front nearing the eighth pole before drawing off a 4 1/4--length tally, in 1:41.10 over the good going.

Samuel Dechamplain held on for second by a nose over U S Marshal. Second choice Imperial Dream and favored Saratoga Dreamer finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the eight-horse field.

Conquest Typhoon paid $8.80, and earned $144,000 of the $234,800 purse.


Conquest Harlanate prevails in Natalma Stakes
Ron Gierkink, DRF
Conquest Harlanate punched her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup with a gutsy score over the favored Isabella Sings in Saturday’s Grade 2, $228,800 Natalma Stakes at Woodbine.
Michael Burns
Conquest Harlanate (No. 7) beats Isabella Sings by a neck in the Natalma Stakes on Saturday.

Green Doctor and Appeal to the Win fought for the lead through the turn in the one-mile turf route for 2-year-old fillies, as Conquest Harlanate raced in midpack under Patrick Husbands.

Conquest Harlanate mounted a wide rally exiting the turn and then wore down Isabella Sings in the final furlong to prevail by a neck in 1:40.61 over a course labeled “good.” Skinner Box finished another two lengths back in third in the 12-horse field. Second choice Don’t Leave Me was a non-threatening sixth after missing the break.

“She left there pretty sharp,” said Husbands. “I took her back, and she relaxed. I bided my time. I didn’t want to pull the trigger too early, but when I got to [Isabella Sings], I realized that I was running out of real estate. She [fought] and got the job done.”


Horse racing’s born winner
John Snobelen, Toronto Sun
When I first met Mark Casse I thought things might not go well.
Casse is on top of the thoroughbred horse world.
He has won multiple Sovereign awards as Ontario’s leading trainer.
I knew his reputation as a good horseman and a great ambassador of the sport.
So what could go wrong with our meeting? Lots.
That meeting happened two years ago.
It wasn’t a great time for horse racing in Ontario.
The province had just terminated the Slots At Racetracks Program (SARP).
As a result of the cancellation of SARP, the Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that the 153rd running of the Queen’s Plate in 2012 might be the last.
Horse racing in Ontario would be over.
The government asked three former ministers, John Wilkinson, Elmer Buchanan and myself, to meet with the industry and provide some advice.
We met with a lot of people. Most of them were not particularly happy.
At some point, Mark Casse sat down before us.
Mark is an American.
Many of his clients are wealthy Americans.
It seemed to me his presentation might be an embodiment of everything the critics of racing claim.
After all, why should Ontario taxpayers pay to support a hobby for rich Americans?
Turned out I was wrong.
Mark started his presentation by saying we shouldn’t worry about his future.
People at the top of the racing world can ply their trade at lots of tracks.
He went on to say his clients would be fine if horse racing ended in Ontario. Horses can move.
He asked us to focus our attention on the people who would suffer.
He talked about the exercise riders, hot walkers and grooms who would be out of a job if racing ended.
These are folks who can’t simply follow the horses.
Their livelihood depends on Ontario horse racing.
Mark didn’t talk about purses and races.
He spoke about the skill, dedication and passion of all the people who make a backstretch work.
He called them a family.
My colleagues and I went away from that meeting impressed with the concern the top folks in racing have for the people who love horses, but will never be in a win photo.
The province found a way to support the racing industry post-SARP. It wasn’t easy.
It took long, hard work from a lot of people in the horse racing industry and the unwavering support of Premier Kathleen Wynne, but the industry is now moving forward on a better footing.
Last Sunday, Mark was, once again, saddling his best three-year-olds to take a shot at winning the 155th running of the Queens Plate.
Despite his impressive record in other stakes races, the 50 Guineas that come with Canada’s greatest race have eluded him. Until this year.
Back in the dark days of 2012 not a lot of people were willing to gamble on the future of Ontario bred racehorses.
Ontario owner/trainer John Ross took a chance and bought a good-looking, Ontario bred filly from the yearling sale for a mere $5,500.
He named her after his granddaughter, Lexie Lou.
Turned out it was a good investment.
Lexie Lou won for John Ross as a two-year-old and last Sunday she thrilled thousands at Woodbine as she won again for her new owner, Gary Barber and trainer – you guessed it — Mark Casse.
Some might say this was Mark Casse’s greatest achievement.
But I believe his best performance was in that boardroom two years ago.