Canadian Trainer Has Duo on Kentucky Derby Trail

Casse, who was the leading trainer at Woodbine in wins and earnings in 2012, is hoping that the John Oxley owned duo of Dynamic Sky and Uncaptured can make it to Louisville on the first Saturday of May for the Run for the Roses.

Dynamic Sky, a son of Sky Mesa recently checked in fourth behind Kentucky Derby Future Wager favorite Verrazano in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby. The colt has won two of his seven career starts, his last win coming in the Pasco Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs on Jan. 12.

The colt broke his maiden as a juvenile in the Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine, and then ran a solid second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland. His first start on conventional dirt came in a sixth place finish in last fall’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

The colt currently is sitting at 13th in the point standings for the Kentucky Derby with 13 points. The colt closed at 50-1 in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager. His current odds at Bovada are +9000.

His stablemate Uncaptured makes his much anticipated three-year-old debut in the Grade 3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on March 23. Animal Kingdom used the Spiral Stakes as a prep for his victory in the 2011 Kentucky Derby.

The colt won six of his seven starts as a juvenile including the Grade 3 Iroquois and Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club, both at Churchill Downs.

The son of Lion Heart won his first four career starts last year, all on polytrack at Woodbine. His lone defeat came in a fifth place finish in the Grade 3 Grey on Oct. 7 in his first trip around two turns.

The Kentucky Jockey Club turned out to be a slow race and has not been productive to date, but the colt does have the advantage of two victories over the Churchill Downs racing strip.

The colt closed at 35-1 in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager and is currently listed at +2500 at Bovada.

Casse, a four-time Sovereign Award winner as Canada’s leading trainer, has saddled two previous Kentucky Derby starters: Prospective (18th in 2011) and Seaside Retreat (10th in 2006).