Casino Drive (foaled March 7, 2005, in Kentucky) is an American thoroughbred racehorse. He was sired by 2003 United States Horse of the Year Mineshaft, out of the great broodmare Better Than Honour, making him a half-brother to 2006 Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, and a three-quarter brother to 2007 Belmont Stakes winner, Rags to Riches.
Purchased for $950,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sales and shipped to Japan by owner, Hidetoshi Yamamoto, he was unraced until his three-year-old year. He made his debut in February on the turf at Kyoto, winning by 11 lengths.
Following his maiden win, he was shipped to the United States where, in his second career start, he won the Grade II Peter Pan Stakes by 5 lengths. He was ridden by Kent Desormeaux, rider of 2008 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner, Big Brown.
Expected to be hearty competition to Big Brown in the Belmont, Casino Drive was scratched and unable to run due to a stone bruise to his left rear hoof.
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