Castle Village Farm regularly contributes a percentage of its horses’ earnings to backstretch charities and thoroughbred retirement organizations. Â The contributions for 2009 went to BEST, the Backstretch Employee Service Team at the NYRA tracks, and to ReRun, Inc., a New Jersey-based retirement group. Â BEST operates medical clinics for grooms and hotwalkers at Belmont and Saratoga, as well as paying for specialist and hospital care for backstretch workers who need it. ReRun is very active in rescuing horses from slaughter and finding them long-term homes. You can learn more about these organizations at www.rerun.org and www.bestbackstretch.com.
The Daily Racing Form makes Talking Blues the 5-2 favorite in Friday’s 6th race at Aqueduct. It’s a one mile, 70 yard maiden claimer for four-year-olds and up, with a field of 10. Post time for the race is 2:48 pm. Â Talking Blues will be ridden by Rosie Napravnik and will be making his first start for new trainer Bruce Brown.
On Monday morning, December 28th, Iguazu had his second half-mile breeze since heading south to the Palm Meadows training center. He went the four furlongs in a comfortable 50.40 seconds. Trainer Bill Turner is pointing Iguazu toward a maiden race, most likely in the third week of January, at Gulfstream.