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!
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.
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.
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.
Castle Village Farm’s gelding Iguazu celebrated the end of his three-year-old year on December 31st at Aqueduct by finishing 3rd in a three-horse photo, missing the win by just a quarter of a length. Iguazu broke alertly and maintained a narrow lead to the top of the stretch, then battled the regally bred Baatesh and the late-closing Forty Prayers to the wire, just missing in the stretch drive.
December 31st was also the close of the Aqueduct fall-winter race meet. For the meet, Castle Village Farm had five starters — all in the money, with two seconds and three thirds, and average earnings per start of $5,592. For all of 2010, Castle Village Farm had 18 starts, three wins (17%) and 12 in-the-money finishes (67%!), with total earnings of $105,842, an average of $5,880 per start.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old gelding Iguazu runs in the 1st race at Aqueduct on Friday, December 31. It’s a $35,000 maiden claiming race at six furlongs. At the same level last time out, he ran a good second.
Hoping to bookend the year with victories. CVF’s Talking Blues won on New Year’s Day last January.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old gelding Iguazu (Smoke Glacken-Green Jeans) made a stirring return to the races, after a year-long layoff, finishing a close second in the fourth race at Aqueduct on Thursday, December 9th. Nice work by trainer Bruce Brown getting him ready (he looked spectacular in the paddock) and by jockey David Cohen in patiently guiding a very green Iguazu to the wire.