LARC NEWS Posted: 7/30/2023 7:59:33 AM


       Trainer Mike Casselman has saddled the winners of 437 horse races during his career but few - if any - will be more special than You See That's victory in the $255,000 Governor's Cup Futurity on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

     Casselman not only trains the colt by Seperate Interest, he also bred and still owns the talented futurity winner. With Jose Nicasio aboard, You See That was only fifth at the start of the Governor's Cup, but he quickly picked up speed to challenge Kolleen Ledgerwood's Wilde Thing for the lead. It did not take long for You See That to surge to the lead and there was no looking back, as the colt scored a 1 1/2 length win in a time of :17.830. For Casselman, the win was worth $105,000, which was the winner's share of the purse.

      "I'm really happy," Casselman said. "All the credit goes to the Burns Ranch. They help raise my horses, breed them, get them ready, break them. That's what gives us the opportunity to run nice horses. I'm happy about that. I'm happy about Seperate Interest. He was my first decent horse that I trained here. It was fun to see him have a winner."

     The mother of You See That is the Favorite Cartel mare Mindy's Favorite, who is also the dam of Casselman's $76,000 earner Rox Win.

    "I picked (Mindy's Favorite) for Russ Stooks and he ran her when she two and three," Casselman said. "I ended up buying her from Russ. We bred her to Seperate Interest ever since. We've got some others coming from her by Mpshinning."

     Racing from post number one at 7-1 odds, You See That showed a tremendous turn of foot after the start. In winning three straight starts, the brown colt has been on the lead shortly after the start before accelerating at the midway point of those starts.

     "Jose was glad he had the one hole," Casselman continued. "He broke good enough to kind of get himself out of trouble and saved him from there."

     Among the many unforgettable moments for Casselman in this race came in the winner's circle when he received the trophy from Dr. Steve Burns and his wife, Joe Rae, who is Casselman's sister.

     "That's really what is all about," the trainer said. "It's a family deal. We were hoping to have a couple of (juveniles) in this race for them. It didn't work out, but I'm glad they were here supporting us."

    You See That has won three of his four career starts.

     Ledgerwood's Wilde Thing earned $42,500 for running second. He was bumped at the midway point when several horses crowded each other during the race, but the Favorite Cartel gelding shook off the trouble to maintain his position under jockey Diego Herrera and trainer Cesar De Alba. Ramiro Lozano's Hubba Hubba erned $30,000 for running third with Henry Reynoso Lopez up for trainer Elena Andrade. Mask Mandate, Give Heed, Optical Illusion, and Delightful Again completed the field.

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