Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse has four contenders in next week's Breeders' Cup – maybe five, depending on how things develop.
And with five Breeders' Cup victories to his credit plus several second- and third-place finishes, he knows how to win on racing's biggest stage.
Casse filled Horse Racing Nation in on why he thinks each of his Del Mar hopefuls has a shot.
Got Stormy won her way into the Mile with a score in the Fourstardave Handicap (G1), which she also won in 2019. The 6-year-old's only other win in five starts this year was in the Honey Fox (G3) in February, also at a mile. Last year at the Breeders' Cup, Got Stormy finished fifth in the Turf Sprint, and in 2019 she finished second in the Mile.
"She 1-for-1 at Del Mar," Casse said. "For her it's about sharp turns. She has about as good a kick around sharp turns of any horse I've ever trained. And I think that's what makes her so effective. And that's why she's won the Fourstardave twice. It was on the inner turf at Saratoga. And and like I said, she's 1-for-1 at Del Mar. So that's a good deal."
Got Stormy was listed this week at 14-1 in Bovada futures odds.
Pappacap is a 2-year-old Gun Runner colt who won his debut at Gulfstream and then the Best Pal (G2) at Del Mar. He then finished fourth in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) before coming in second to Corniche in the American Pharoah (G1) at Santa Anita. He is at 11-1 in futures odds.
"I think he's got a big chance" in the Juvenile, Casse said. "I do. I think his last race was much better than it looked. I think to me it looks like there's going to be a lot of speed in the Breeders' Cup, and we should be able to stalk off of the speed. He's already won over the track. He's been in California. He's got a home-field advantage. He ran 45 feet farther than the winner last time. So I feel good about our chances in there."
Casse also has two contenders and one alternate for the Juvenile Turf.
Coinage, a Tapit colt, has a record of 5: 2-0-3, and he won the With Anticipation (G3) at Saratoga "impressively," Casse said.
"He's a horse that we've liked from the beginning. And I'm throwing his last race out (a third-place finish in the black-type Nownownow Stakes at Monmouth Park). Everything went wrong. He kind of got himself all worked up before the race. Monmouth is a little different than, say, Belmont or Saratoga. At Monmouth, you have to walk down the track, and I guess there were a bunch of kids running and screaming and yelling, and they had him kind of upset.
"Del Mar's nice, we go right from the holding barn right into the paddock, so he'll like that a lot better. Florent (Geroux) is going to ride him. Florent won our first Breeders' Cup for us on Catch a Glimpse, and I can see a similar running style. Catch a Glimpse was a little tough to handle, wanted to do too much. Coinage can be that way a little bit. So I think they'll be a good pair."
Coinage's futures odds are 14-1.
Grafton Street is "a horse that I've been high on for a long time," Casse said. The War Front colt broke his maiden last out at Woodbine after finishing second in the Summer Stakes (G1) at the same track.
"His race in the Summer was good. He came back and was able. He was a maiden, and I ran him on the Tapeta, and I did that more to get the experience of two turns. The Summer's a one-turn mile, so I didn't want his first two-turn race to be the Breeders Cup. I kept him at Woodbine and ran him on Tapeta, and he got some two-turn experience. He handled that well."
Credibility is a Nyquist colt who is 1-for-3 with a third-place finish last out in the Bourbon Stakes (G2) at Keeneland. "I thought he ran a really good race in the Bourbon. He's going to have to improve a little bit, but I think he can." He is an alternate for the Juvenile Turf.