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Mark Casse

Trainer

Mark became involved in racing through his father, Norman, a veteran owner, trainer and breeder for over 40 years, and the former chairman of the Ocala Breeders Sales. At age 12 he rode in a horse van with his father to witness Secreatriat capture the 1973 Kentucky Derby and he was hooked from that moment. He took out his trainer's license at age 18 and won his first race in 1979 at Keeneland. Casse has won the Sovereign Award as Canada's top trainer in a record setting three years in a row 2006-2008. He has trained many Sovereign Award winners including Sealy Hill, the only filly to capture the Canadian Filly Triple Crown. He has been the top trainer at Woodbine for over a decade and set a record for most wins in a single meet in Ocotober of 2011 with 90 wins. Top horses include Spring in the Air, Spring Venture, Uncaptured, G-1 Stephen Foster winner Pool Play, Seaside Retreat, Marchfield, Northern Passion, Exciting Story, Top Notch Lady and Prospective.

John C. Oxley

Owner

John's winners include Monarchos who was the 2001 Kentucky Derby winner, 1999 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Eclipse Award winner Beautiful Pleasure, 1995 Kentucky Oaks winner Gal in a Ruckus, and graded stakes winners Sky Mesa, Dancinginherdreams, Northern Passion, Prospective and Dr. Pleasure. His wife Debby is a part of the stable and campaigns horses under her name as well including stakes winner Darling My Darling. In 1962, John founded an oil and gas exploration firm Oxley Petroleum in Tulsa Oklahoma. In 2003, he sold his company and started a smaller scale venture named Oxley Resources, LLC. He is the son of John T. Oxley, a Hall of Fame polo player, and is an active polo player himself. John has been inducted into the Polo Hall of Fame, was a chairman of the U.S. Polo Association, and along with his brother owns the Royal Palm Polo Club in Florida. He is a member of the Jockey Club and a storng advocate for the thoroughbred industry.

Pedigree

With speed on top of his pedigree and stamina on the bottom, the Ontario-bred Dynamic Sky possesses a suitable pedigree for the Kentucky Derby.

His sire, Sky Mesa, was extremely precocious, winning the Grade 1 Hopeful and Grade 2 Breeders’ Futurity during an unbeaten juvenile campaign, but the Pulpit colt missed the classics due to injury and raced only three times late in his sophomore season before being retired. He isn’t known as a distance sire, with the overwhelming majority of his stakes offspring preferring sprint or middle distances, but Sky Mesa’s top performer, multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire General Quarters, could run long.

Dynamic Sky’s female family is encouraging.

His dam, Murani, is out of top stallion Distorted Humor, sire of 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide. Distorted Humor is a relatively new broodmare sire, but it will be no surprise to see him enjoy tremendous success. Murani was a stakes winner at 1 ½ miles and is out of a stakes-winning mare by Bucksplasher, sire of champion and Breeders’ Cup Turf winner Buck’s Boy.

It’s not the most distinguished female family, but the presence of multiple stamina influences figures to benefit Dynamic Sky as he stretches out to longer distances this spring.

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