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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old Speightstown colt Rigby is entered in Aqueduct’s 1st race on Friday, March 25. It’s a starter allowance for horses that have run for a $50,000 claiming price or less and that haven’t won a race other than maiden, claiming or restricted. The distance is a mile and 70 yards, for a purse of $42,000.

We claimed Rigby from Padua Stables and trainer Steve Asmussen on February 11th. In his first start in our colors, he had traffic trouble, had to go four-wide, and just missed winning by 3/4 of a length, finishing 3rd. On Friday, he gets regular CVF rider David Cohen. That and the small field should lead to a cleaner trip.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old NY-bred gelding Bishop of Nola returns from his winter break on March 11th, taking up residence once again in Bruce Brown’s barn at Belmont and getting ready for the start of the turf racing season next month.

CVF claimed Bishop of Nola for $25,000 at Saratoga last August. In four subsequent starts for us, he had a win, a second and a third, earning over $41,000. When turf racing ended, Bishop of Nola went to Mike Shrader’s In-Front Training Center in Ghent, NY, where he’s been keeping in shape waiting for the snow to melt and the grass to be visible once again.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old gelding Iguazu goes for his second win in a row when he heads to the starting gate for Aqueduct’s 2nd race on Friday, March 11. Iguazu won his maiden on February 13th at Aqueduct and now moves up to challenge non-winners of two lifetime. David Cohen rides for trainer Bruce Brown

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Rigby 3rd in CVF Debut

Published on 21 February 2011 by in Horse Racing Partnerships News

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Castle Village Farm’s latest claim, four-year-old colt Rigby, made his debut in our silks in Aqueduct’s 5th race on February 21st, cloising well through the stretch to just miss at the wire. Rigby finished 3rd, missing the win by only three-quarters of a length, in an allowance/optional claimer.

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Castle Village Farm’s newest claim, the four-year-old colt Rigby, comes right back off the claiming, running in the 5th race at Aqueduct on President’s Day, Monday, Feb. 21st.

We claimed Rigby, a four-year-old colt by champion sprinter Speightstown out of the Seattle Slew mare Copano Bay, on Feb. 6th for $25,000. His dam is a full sister to the multiple Grade 1-winning mare Lakeway, and Rigby’s pedigree is full of black type.

Once Rigby races on Monday, our current claiming partnership will be closed, so if you’d like to get involved, now’s the time!

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Iguazu Wins at Aqueduct

Published on 13 February 2011 by in Horse Racing Partnerships News

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old gelding, Iguazu, won today’s 2nd race at Aqueduct in his first start of the new year. Iguazu, under clever handling by jockey David Cohen, dueled heavy favorite Bandon Dunes into submission, then held off late challenges by Baatesh and Upper Afleet to prevail by half a length.

The race was Iguazu’s fourth lifetime start, and the third since returning from a year-long layoff to correct some knee problems. He’d previously finished second and third at today’s $35,000 maiden claiming level since returning to the races and moving to trainer Bruce Brown’s barn.

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The new Castle Village Farm 2011 Claiming Partnership claimed its first horse, the four-year-old colt Rigby, at Aqueduct on February 6th. But the partnership is still open for those who would like to join. We will be accepting additional partners until Rigby races in Castle Village Farm’s name, which will probably be sometime in the next three to six weeks. For all the details, click on the Become a Partner tab.

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The new Castle Village Farm 20112 Claiming Partnership has its first horse! We claimed four-year-old colt Rigby out of today’s 6th race at Aqueduct, winning a shaker with Linda Rice to get him.

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Castle Village Farm’s Iguazu was a late scratch on January 20th at Aqueduct when he broke through the starting gate before the 3rd race and ran all the way around the inner track, then reversed course and jogged back half a mile on the ice-covered main track before heading down the ramp to the barn area, where he was finally corralled. Luckily, he wasn’t injured and will be entered again as soon as his race comes up again.

Steve is in dialogue with NYRA about the lapses that permitted Iguazu to get onto the dangerous outer track, where one horse had already died this winter after skidding on the ice. In Iguazu’s case, a combination of poor work by the outriders and failure to close a rail between the two tracks were to blame. I hope NYRA will take appropriate corrective action before another horse is seriously injured or killed.

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After finishing second and third in his first two races back from a layoff, Castle Village Farm goes for his maiden win in the third race at Aqueduct on Thursday, January 20.

Trained by Bruce Brown and ridden by David Cohen, Iguazu will face five other horses. Post time is 1:25 pm.

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