ELMONT – Sir Winston Churchill was one to preach that in life you should never give up. Mark Casse, the affable trainer who has always embodied that mantra, was rewarded Saturday evening with his second straight classic victory in the 151st running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes. Sir Winston, a 3-year-old chestnut son of Awesome Again, took advantage of a masterful ride from Joel Rosario to give the 58-year-old trainer the first Belmont of his career. Casse, a trainer that has had tremendous success in Canada, now has put two big checkmarks on his resume that should solidify his chances to be elected into the U.S. Hall of Fame. Already enshrined in the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame, he attacks every race like it is his last and is never afraid to run his horses often or against anyone. He’s fallen short on the last two ballots, but his 2019 Triple Crown season was one where he showed tremendous character in being right in the middle of the Kentucky Derby controversy and returning to win both the Preakness and Belmont. The big surprise on this gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park was that it was not his Preakness winner… Read full this story
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