Castle Village Farm’s newest claim, East of Danzig, raced for the first time in our colors on Sunday, September 15 at Belmont, finishing 3rd in a mile and a sixteenth turf race. Under hot apprentice Manuel Franco, Alston Gunter raced well back early, then made a strong move into contention on the turn, finishing well to win a three-way photo for the show.
The Castle Village Farm 2012 Claiming Partnership, which lost Afternoon Treat to a claim back in June at Belmont, filled that stall in Bruce Brown’s barn on August 3rd by claiming East of Danzig out of the 4th race at Saratoga for $20,000.
East of Danzig, a son of Langfuhr and grandson of Danzig, is a five-year-old NY-bred gelding, out of the German-based family of Raffinierte, the dam of the good New York-bred race horse and sire Raffie’s Majesty.
East of Danzig, sent off at 9-1, finished a fast-closing 3rd in the August 3 race. He’ll be pointed to another turf start at Saratoga before the end of this year’s meet.
Castle Village Farm’s New York-bred Megalithic, who had been prepping upstate for the start of the 2013 turf season, suffered a tendon injury and will be retired. After a couple of promising breezes, Megalithic showed some weakness in the tendon near the sesamoid, a situation that just created too great a danger, so we took the safer course of action and retired him. We’re hoping he’ll find a successful second career as a pleasure or show horse.