Castle Village Farm’s NY-bred 2-year-old filly Underthemoonlight (Golden Missile-Yon Van Dance by Yonaguska) returned to the work tab Sunday Sept. 29 with an in-hand four-furlong breeze over the Belmont training track. Underthemoonlight, who had been getting close to her debut, was set back a few weeks by a colic scare, but recovered quickly and is now back on track for a fall debut.
Castle Village Farm’s East of Danzig was an oh-so-close second in the 1st race at Belmont on Sunday, September 29th. East of Danzig laid off the early pace, then closed down the center of the track under apprentice Manuel Franco to just miss. We’ll look to run him one more time on the turf before the end of the Belmont meet.
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.