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Castle Village Farm’s six-year-old Afternoon Treat tried the turf for the first time on Wednesday, April 3rd at Aqueduct, and pretty much guaranteed that it would be the last time. Running in a starter allowance at a mile and a sixteenth on the grass, Afternoon Treat never acted comfortable on the surface. After making a brief move on the backstretch, he faded and trailed the seven-horse field home.

Afternoon Treat has a full brother who’s 2-for-2 on the grass, and he has large flat hooves that look as though they were made for turf racing. But you don’t know for sure until you try it.

Now we know. Back to the dirt next time out.

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