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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.
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.
Indiano Jones is bred to thrive at distances of 1 1/4 miles and beyond, so we might not have seen the best of him yet.
His sire is Hall of Famer A.P. Indy, who turned the Belmont Stakes/Breeders' Cup Classic double during his Horse of the Year campaign in 1992.
The son of Seattle Slew went on to become a supersire, carving out an enduring influence on the breed through such sons as Pulpit, Bernardini and Mineshaft. His prominent fillies include champion Rags to Riches, who defeated males in the 2007 Belmont. A.P. Indy has yet to sire a Derby winner, however, and the window of opportunity is rapidly narrowing for the stallion who was pensioned in 2011.
Indiano Jones is the first registered foal from the accomplished turf mare Sharp Susan. An earner of $478,326, she landed the Lake Placid at Saratoga and the Herecomesthebride at Gulfstream.
Sharp Susan is by Touch Gold, the 1997 Belmont and Haskell hero and sire of such major winners as Midas Eyes, Mass Media, Composure, Seek Gold and Sugar Swirl. As a broodmare sire, he is responsible for Nonios, last year's Affirmed winner and Haskell runner-up.
Sharp Susan is a half-sister to millionaire and hot young sire Spring at Last and to Grade 1 queen Sharp Lisa. This is the family of turf star and $2.3 million-earner Bien Bien.
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