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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Apr 14 2012 Toyota Blue Grass Keeneland I 1 1/8 Miles (S) 6 REPLAY
Mar 10 2012 Tampa Bay Derby Tampa Bay II 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY
Feb 4 2012 Sam F. Davis Tampa Bay III 1 1/16 Miles 2 REPLAY
Nov 5 2011 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Churchill Downs I 1 1/16 Miles 13 REPLAY
Oct 9 2011 Grey Woodbine III 1 1/16 Miles (S) 1 REPLAY


Mark Casse


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. 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 seven times (2006-2008, 2011-2014) and trained many Sovereign Award winners including Sealy Hill, the only filly to capture the Canadian Filly Triple Crown; and 2014 Queen's Plate winner and Canadian Horse of the Year Lexie Lou. Other top horses include Spring in the Air, Spring Venture, Uncaptured, Pool Play, Seaside Retreat, Marchfield, Northern Passion, Exciting Story, Top Notch Lady and Prospective.

Luis Contreras


Luis is a native of Mexico and began riding there at age 16. He moved to Golden Gate in northern California and rode his first winner in the states there in 2007. He has won the riding title at Sunland Park in the 2009-2010 season and wrapped up the leading rider title at Woodbine in 2011. There he set a record for purse earnings with over $11 million and won a reord tying 6 races on one day. He is the first rider to win the Canadian Triple Crown on more than one horse when he captured the prestigous series aboard Inglorious in the Queen's Plate and Pender harbour in the Prince of Wales and th Breeders Stakes. Other top mounts include Sovereign Award winner Points of Grace, Delightful Mary and Prospective.

John C. Oxley


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.

  • Photo: Tom Cooley Photography

  • Photo: Tom Cooley Photography

  • Photo: Tom Cooley Photography

  • Photo: Tom Cooley Photography

  • Photo: Tom Cooley Photography

  • Photo: Tom Cooley Photography


Malibu Moon--Spirited Away, by Awesome Again

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As a grandson of A.P. Indy and Awesome Again, Prospective is likely to relish 1 1/4 miles.

His sire, Malibu Moon, was exquisitely bred. By Hall of Famer A.P. Indy and out of French Group 1-winning miler Macoumba, a daughter of Mr. Prospector, Malibu Moon was an impressive winner in the spring of his juvenile year. Unfortunately, he suffered a career-ending injury and never had the opportunity to live up to his pedigree on the track.

At stud, however, Malibu Moon has passed on his royal genes and developed into a successful sire. While his leading sons include Declan's Moon, the champion two-year-old male of 2004, and Odysseus, winner of the 2010 Tampa Bay Derby, he has had an even bigger impact through his daughters. His multiple Grade 1-winning filly Devil May Care was good enough to compete against males in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, and Life at Ten, Ask the Moon, Funny Moon and Malibu Pier all won major stakes at 1 1/4 miles. Current Kentucky Oaks hopeful Eden's Moon, Malibu Prayer, Malibu Mint and Sara Louise are among his other accomplished distaffers.

Prospective is the first foal from his dam, the Awesome Again mare Spirited Away. An admirably consistent runner who won half of her eight starts and was unplaced only once, Spirited Away ended her career on a high note by wiring the 2008 Truly Bound Handicap at Fair Grounds. She earned $133,683 while racing mostly around a mile to 1 1/16 miles.

Awesome Again, who won four times at 1 1/4 miles, bankrolled more than $4.3 million in earnings from a 12-9-0-2 record. The Canadian Hall of Famer made history by winning the 1997 Queen's Plate in just his third career start. Undefeated in a six-race campaign in 1998, he swept such big events as the Stephen Foster Handicap, Whitney Handicap, Saratoga Breeders' Cup Handicap and Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap before defeating one of the best Breeders' Cup Classic fields ever assembled.

Awesome Again has also become a star Breeders' Cup sire. Four of his progeny have won at the year-end championships -- Classic winner Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year and now a Hall of Fame finalist; Wilko, who upset the 2004 Juvenile; and Round Pond and champion Ginger Punch, heroines of the Distaff (now known as the Ladies' Classic) in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Awesome Again is also responsible for multiple Grade 1 winners Game on Dude, Awesome Gem, Toccet and Spun Sugar, and his son, Awesome of Course, has sired champion filly Awesome Feather.

Mares by Awesome Again have produced Grade 1 queen Awesome Maria, multiple Japanese stakes winner Miracle Legend, Gulfstream Park Derby victor Reveron and CashCall Futurity runner-up Rousing Sermon.

Spirited Away is out of Cape North, a daughter of champion two-year-old colt Capote and champion older mare North Sider. This is the family of Group 1-winning sprinter Amadeus Wolf, multiple Grade 2 scorer Zanjero and Grade 3-winning sire Storm Creek.

Going slightly further back, Awesome Again hails from the same family. His third dam, Square Generation, also appears as the third dam of Cape North. As a result, Spirited Away is inbred to Square Generation.

Prospective is himself inbred to 1977 Triple Crown legend Seattle Slew (sire of both A.P. Indy and Capote) and to supersire Mr. Prospector (broodmare sire of Malibu Moon and Awesome Again's granddam Prime Prospect).

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