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As of the close of the Aqueduct inner-track meet, Castle Village Farm horses had earned a total of $3,964,384 in purses since we began with our first horse, Flippy Diane, back in 1999. With three horses likely to be racing in the near future — Afternoon Treat, Alston Gunter and Megalithic — we’re hoping to cross the $4 million threshold sometime in the next few weeks.

As of today, Afternoon Treat is entered at Aqueduct on April 3rd, and Alston Gunter has been nominated to a state-bred stakes race at Pimlico on April 6th. With a little luck, they could get us across the line.

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Castle Village farm’s new claim, Afternoon Treat, is entered in the 7th race at Aqueduct on Wednesday, April 3rd. It’s a starter allowance at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf for horses that have run for a claiming tag of $16,000 or less. Afternoon Treat, with Mike Luzzi aboard, will break from post 5 in a 7-horse field.

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Since the claims of Tom Cat Allie last fall and Victory at Last in February, we’ve been looking for their replacements, and we’ve found them.

On February 22nd, we claimed Alston Gunter, a six-year-old Maryland-bred gelding. His first outing for us is scheduled to be the Mr. Diz Stakes on opening weekend at Pimlico, a race where he ran 4th last year, beaten just a length and a half.

And then on March 16th, we claimed Afternoon Treat, a six-year-old New Jersey-bred gelding with an excellent record at Monmouth. We’ll give him a couple of vraces at Aqueduct and then take aim at the Jersey Shore.

Our third horse, Megalithic, is due back from his winter vacation early in April and will likely return to the races on the turf at Belmont.

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