Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old gelding Bishop of Nola (Devil His Due-Via Mizner by Forty Niner) returns to the races on Wednesday, May 4th, in Belmont’s featured 8th race, a starter allowance for New York-breds that have run for a claiming price, at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.
We claimed Bishop of Nola for $25,000 at Saratoga last summer, and he promptly repaid our confidence by winning again at the Spa. He subsequently finished 2nd and 3rd in turf allowances at Aqueduct before the grass racing season ended and he went on a winter break at the In-Front Training Center in Ghent, NY. Bishop of Nola has been back in Bruce Brown’s barn at Belmont for over a month and is in good shape for his season debut.
The starter allowance came up tough, though, with an eight-horse field that includes the winner of last year’s Mohawk Handicap. Scott Schwartz’s Pocket Cowboys. Bishop of Nola has his work cut out for him.