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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. 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
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.
Uncaptured's pedigree features a blend of classy speed and stamina, implying that he should last the 1 1/4-mile trip in the Derby.
His sire, Lion Heart, held on for a clear second in the 2004 Run for the Roses after setting the early pace. In his trademark front-running style, Lion Heart also won the Hollywood Futurity and Haskell, and was just nailed late in the Blue Grass.
Exported to Turkey in early 2010, Lion Heart has since made a big splash with his runners. That same year, his son Line of David captured the Arkansas Derby; Dangerous Midge took the Breeders' Cup Turf; and Kantharos rolled through a perfect juvenile season before suffering a career-ending injury. Lion Heart had another banner year in 2012, with Super Derby winner Bourbon Courage and several promising juveniles from his final North American crop -- including Falling Sky, Know More, Purple Egg and the filly Touch Magic.
Uncaptured is out of the mare Captivating, making him a half-brother to multiple stakes-winning sprinter/miler Dancing Raven. Those are her only two foals to race so far.
Captivating is by Arch, the 1998 Super Derby winner and the sire of Blame, who upset Zenyatta in the 2010 Breeders' Cup Classic.
Arch is becoming a first-rate broodmare sire. His daughters have produced Uncle Mo, the champion two-year-old colt of 2010, and I'll Have Another, star of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
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