Castle Village Farm claimed 6-year-old chestnut gelding Storm Pursuit out of the 10th race at Belmont on July 4th. Storm pursuit, who won the race, for his 5th victory in 15 lifetime starts, is by Stormy Atlantic out of the stakes-winning mare Masada. He’ll be pointed to turf sprints at the Saratoga meet.
After several rounds of voting, our partners have named our new two-year-old colt by Read the Footnotes out of Royal Valentine. The name that won in a run-off election, and has now been approved by the Jockey Club — Proletariat.
Castle Village farm has launched its 2014 partnership by purchasing a two-year-old New York-bred colt by Read the Footnotes out of Royal Valentine by Langfuhr. The colt, which is in training at Woodberry Payne’s Ingleside Training Center in Virginia, was bred by Sequel Bloodstock and the late Joe Aquilino. He’s likely heading for the racetrack sometime this summer. Shares are still available in our 2014 Partnership.
Castle Village Farm’s NY=bred gelding Dr Disco won the 4th race at Aqueduct on Friday, April 11th. Dr Disco, trained by Bruce Brown and ridden expertly by Mike Luzzi, tracked the early speed, took over at the head of the stretch and then held off a late charge by Jeter to prevail by a head on the wire.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old NY-bred filly Underthemoonlight (Golden Missile-Yon Van Dance by Yonaguska) finished third in a state-bred N1X allowance/optional $75,000 claimer at Aqueduct on March 28th. Under jockey Manny Franco, Underthemoonlight sat behind the two early speed horses, on a day when speed was doing very well on the rail, then fended off challenges in the stretch to preserve her in-the-money finish. Underthemoonlight now has a record of 1-1-1 from five lifetime starts, with total earnings of $56,180.
Castle Village Farm is now putting together its 2014 Claiming Partnership. The new partnership will be looking for horses to run on the NYRA circuit — Belmont, Saratoga and Aqueduct. Full details are available by clicking “Become a Partner.”
Snow and poor track conditions forced a postponement of the East View Stakes, scheduled for December 15th. The race is now scheduled for Sunday, December 22nd, going as Aqueduct’s 8th race. CVF’s two-year-old NY-bred filly Underthemoonlight, fresh off a maiden win on November 29th, will face 7 rivals and will likely go off at double-digit odds, with regular jockey Manuel Franco aboard.
Castle Village Farm Racing Manager Steve Zorn was featured on an NPR Marketplace radio segment on Friday, December 13th. Steve was interviewed by Marketplace’s Lizzie O’Leary on the expiring tax break that allows owners to depreciate the cost of yearlings and two-year-olds over three years, rather than seven years as under the law before 2009.
The interview is available at http://mktplc.org/18IBvfU
Castle Village Farm’s two-year-old NY-bred filly, fresh off her maiden win on November 29th, is entered in the East View Stakes, a $100,000 two-turn race restricted to NY-breds, at Aqueduct on Sunday, December 15th.
Underthemoonlight will once again have jockey Manuel Franco aboard, and will face a field of six, headed by multiple stakes winner Miss Narcissist, the likely odds-on favorite.
Castle Village Farm’s New York-bred two-year-old filly Underthemoonlight (Golden Missile-Yon Van Dance by Yonaguska), fresh off a maiden special weight win on November 29th at Aqueduct, has been nominated to the East View Stakes, the final NY-bred two-year-old filly stakes of the year. The $100,000 East View will be run at a distance of a mile and 70 yards at Aqueduct on Sunday, December 15th. The race drew a compact list of 11 nominations.
While the 15-day turnaround time from Underthemoonlight’s win to the East View may be too short, and the distance may be too long, still, it’s great to have a filly that shows enough talent to justify making the nomination. We’re looking forward to good things with Underthemoonlight, whether she ends up running in the East View or not.