The words came haltingly from Mark Casse, cut off by the emotion in his throat and the hoarseness brought on by his latest fits of cheers.
For years, his 32-year-old son Norman has served as his top assistant with the kind of hands-on horsemanship that could easily allow him to strike out on his own should he ever choose.
Over a good Keeneland course before a crowd of 50,155 on the second day of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, one of Norman Casse's best protégés used her exceptional ability to make a field of international stars look common.
In a near replay of her sublime win at Keeneland earlier in October, the 4-year-old filly became the sixth female runner to capture the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile when she drew off under jockey Julien Leparoux to win by 21/4 lengths over Mondialiste.
Mark Casse came into this week with an 0-for-23 record in the Breeders' Cup. Of his five entrants he brought into this year's two-day event at Keeneland, he figured his girls would be most likely to do right by him.
One day after Catch a Glimpse ended his drought with her win in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, Tepin had her conditioner out of words and in wonderful shock after she earned her third Grade I win of the year, putting her in the lead for champion turf female honors.
"It's just hard because it's special ... you don't see too many father and son (teams) like that," Mark Casse said through tears when talking about his son. "He's worked really hard with her. I said to Norman after Stephanie's Kitten's performance (in the Filly and Mare Turf) that if (Tepin) is going to be champion turf female she has to win today.
"Am I dreaming? She just continues to amaze me, this filly. I'm still in shock. I just didn't know how we would stack up to the Europeans."
Tepin gave everyone a preview of what was to come when she rolled to a 7-length victory in the Grade I First Lady Stakes over a soft Keeneland turf on Oct. 3.
Robert Masterson's bay daughter of Bernstein got almost the exact same trip this time around, sitting second just off fractions of :23.77 and :48.08 set by Obviously and then turning the race into a no-contest once she stuck her head in front at the head of the lane.
"When she won so impressively last time, I said well she loves it here — and she loved it again today," Casse said.
Final time for the mile was 1:36.69. Defending race winner Karakontie finished 11th in the 12-horse field.
The best news for Casse is he doesn't have to say goodbye to the filly who has won seven of 15 career starts. Though she is entered in Sunday's Fasig-Tipton November sale, plans are to bring her back for another season of racing.
"She's not going to be sold," Casse said. "I told Mr. Masterson I said, 'If you call me tomorrow she'll already be in Florida.' She's not going anywhere."