Born: February 14, 1961, Indianapolis, Indiana
Resides: Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada and Ocala, Florida
Family: wife, Tina; seven children: Cheryl, Norman, Joel, Alex, Camille, Kyle and Colby
• Mark Casse immersed himself in Thoroughbred racing at 12 years old. He accompanied his father on a trip in a horse van to see Secretariat win the Kentucky Derby in 1973 and was hooked. At the age of 15, he was running his father’s Cardinal Hill Farm and began training when he was 18. He won his first race at Keeneland in 1979.
• Casse now oversees an expansive stable of over 80 horses and is based at Woodbine in Ontario, Canada with a major string in Kentucky overseen by his son and top assistant Norman, while his wife Tina operates a training center in Ocala, Florida.
• He has won an impressive five Sovereign Awards as Canada’s top trainer including consecutively in 2011-2012, and in back-to-back-to-back years (2006-2007-2008). He holds the record for the most consecutive wins. Two of his trainees were the Canadian Horse of the Year and eight are Sovereign Award winners. He had a career-best year in 2012, ranking 7th in earnings in North America of $10,234,707 and 129 wins.
• Some of his best horses include: 2011 G1 Stephen Foster Handicap winner Pool Play, 2012 G1 Darley Alcibiades winner Spring in the Air, 2013 G1 Darley Alcibiades winner My Conquestadory, and 2013 G3 Delta Downs Princess winner Tepin.