Mark Casse was born into the business of racing. His father Norman Casse was an owner and trainer for over forty years, he ran Cardinal Hill Farm and helped found Ocala Breeders Sales. Mark credits Norman, his mentor and role model, for much of his success.
Mark took out his trainer’s license in 1979 at age 18 and won his first race that year at Keeneland. In 2020 he hit a milestone, winning his 3,000th race. Mark has won multiple Breeders Cup races and Graded Stakes, including the Preakness GR1 (WAR Of WILL 2019) and Belmont GR1 (SIR WINSTON 2019).
In 2016 he won the Queen Anne Stakes GR1 at Royal Ascot with the great turf mare TEPIN.
A fixture at Woodbine, Mark has won the Queen’s Plate twice (LEXIE LOU 2014 and WONDER GADOT 2018). He has earned the Sovereign Award as Outstanding Trainer an unprecedented thirteen times, the last ten consecutively. Mark is one of only four trainers to be inducted into both the US and Canadian Hall of Fame.
Mark and his wife Tina run Casse Training Center, a training and rehab farm in Ocala. Mark runs divisions in Ontario, New York, Florida, Kentucky and Louisiana.
Mark’s son Norman worked as his Assistant Trainer until 2018 when he went out on his own.
While horses and his large family leave Mark little free time, he enjoys spending an afternoon fishing when he gets a chance.