Name: Norman Casse

Title or Job Description: Assistant Trainer, Casse Racing LLC

With bloodlines like his, Norman Casse figured to be a slam-dunk to love the racing industry from the moment he was born. Both of his grandfathers, including Norman Sr. of Cardinal Hill Farm in Ocala, Florida, were trainers and accomplished horsemen. His father, Mark, is one of the most successful bloodstock agents-turned trainer in North America and a champion trainer in Canada. As a child, Norman was surrounded by everything equine. “I remember I had one of those rocking horses on the springs,” said Norman. “He used to be done up in polo bandages and all that stuff.”

After graduating from Bellarmine University in Louisville with a business degree, Norman was at a crossroads on what career move to make... until Derby fever struck. In 2005, Norman accompanied his Dad on their first trip to the Kentucky Derby with Mark’s first Derby starter – Seaside Retreat. “The way I felt when I went to the Derby with my Dad, that was it for me, I knew I wanted to try a career in training.”

Norman learned the ropes under Mark's careful eye and with the help of Mark's other assistant trainers Ricky Griffith and David Adams, took out an Assistant Trainers license in 2006. Since then Norman has been responsible for racing Casse Racing horses in the US. He has managed strings at Fairgrounds, Churchill Downs, Saratoga and Keeneland. “I want to keep learning something new every day,” said Norman. “I will just try to keep getting better as I go along. The best part of my job is learning from my dad."

Written by Jennifer Morrison

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