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Our four-year-old colt Strings and Arrows, making his second start off a seven-month layoff, ran a solid 4th in Aqueduct’s 7th race today, gaining ground through the stretch. The race was at six furlongs, which is shorter than we wanted, but NYRA hasn’t been using any two-turn maiden races for older horses. So we entered here and got a solid performance that reinforces our belief that Strings and Arrows will do better as the distances lengthen out. In any event, Aqueduct had a huge speed bias today, so our colt’s closing effort was even more impressive.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old colt Strings and Arrows, by Bowman’s Band, makes his second start following a seven month layoff when he goes to the post on Saturday, Deb. 20th, in Aqueduct’s 7th race. It’s a New York-bred $50,000 maiden claiming race, at six furlongs on Aqueduct’s inner track. Jockey Mike Luzzi will ride for trainer and co-owner Leah Gyarmati.

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Our four-year-olds based at Belmont, Talking Blues (trained by Bruce Brown) and Strings and Arrows (trained and co-owned by Leah Gyarmati) are both ready to race again. All they need now is for the NYRA racing office to cooperate. Both were targeting races in the condition book for this week, but neither race was used. So we’re watching the overnights and looking for the next available spots.

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Our three-year-old colt Iguazu is back at work at the Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, Florida. This past Saturday Iguazu breezed a half-mile in 48.50 seconds, the 6th fastest of 24 works at the distance that day.

Iguazu came out of the breeze in excellent shape and is back galloping on the track. He’ll have a few more breezes and then we’ll be looking for a race for him.

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Both Talking Blues and Strings and Arrows have bounced back from their last starts, and we’re looking for them to be racing again in the next week or two.

There’s a race in the condition book for Talking Blues on February 7th, and one for Strings and Arrows on February 11th.  In each case, it’ll be at the same level as their last outings, non-winners-of-two for Talking Blues, and NY-bred maiden special for Strings and Arrows. Entries for both races will be taken later this week.

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The new Castle Village Farm 2010 claiming partnership is actively looking for a horse, with hot New York trainer Bruce Brown.  There’s still time for new partners to get involved, and to become part of the search for our horse. All claiming partners get regular updates on each day’s card at Aqueduct, evaluating possible horses to claim. Just check our New Partnership Opportunities.

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Talking Blues wheels right back from his convincing 5 1/2 length maiden win on New Year’s day and is entered in the 5th race at Aqueduct on Sunday, January 17th.  It’s a field of nine going a mile and 70 yards in a non-winners-of-two-lifetime claimer. Once again, Rosie Napravnik will ride for trainer Bruce Brown and Castle Village Farm.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old colt Strings and Arrows (Bowman’s Band-Herb’s Prospect) returns to the races on Saturday, January 16th, in the 4th race at Aqueduct.  It’s a maiden special weight for older New York-bred horses, at 5 1/2 furlongs. Rosie Napravnik will ride for trainer Leah Gyarmati.

Strings and Arrows has been away since injuring his ankle while finishing third at Belmont last June. He’s had a series of excellent works leading up to this race and we expect him to be among the contenders.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old NY-bred colt Strings and Arrows, who missed seven months with a bone chip, is ready to return to racing next Saturday, January 16th.  Trainer Leah Gyarmati gave Strings and Arrows a brisk five-furlong breeze out of the gate Saturday morning, Jan. 9th, and pronounced him ready to go.  We’ll be entering on Wednesday for the Saturday race, a 5 1/2 furlong NY-bred maiden special weight.

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Castle Village Farm trainer Bruce Brown, who saddled Talking Blues to a 5 1/2-length victory on New Year’s Day, is off to a flying start in 2010.  In the first three days of racing at Aqueduct in the new year, Bruce had six starters, with three wins — including Talking Blues — and three more in-the-money finishes.  That’s a 50% win percentage and 100% in the money. Pretty good start for the year!

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