The 10th race at Belmont on Sunday, October 17th, was inexplicably taken off the turf — all four of the other turf races carded for Sunday ran on the grass as scheduled — so we scratched Bishop of Nola. We’ll look for another shot at the New York-bred N2X allowance on the grass, either before the end of the Belmont meet or early at Aqueduct.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old gelding Metrology finished a fast-closing 3rd in Saturday’s 5th race at Belmont, his first since we claimed him on September 12th. Metrology, as is his wont, trailed the field down the backstretch, as much as nine lengths off the leaders, then picked up the pace on the turn and flew through the stretch, missing the win by only two lengths. With a little quicker early pace to soften up the leaders, or with another hundred yards of racetrack, he would have made the lead.
Castle Village Farm’s NY-bred gelding Talking Blues returns to the races on Saturday, September 25th, in the 3rd race at Belmont.
Talking Blues, trained by Bruce Brown, won his maiden on New Year’s Day, 2010. We gave him some time off at the farm, then brought him back to Bruce’s barn this summer. Friday’s race is a seven-furlong claiming race for non-winners of two lifetime. Eibar Coa will be aboard.
Castle Village Farm claimed three-year-old Metrology (Purge-Victory Thrill by Victory Gallop) out of the 5th race at Belmont on Sunday, September 5th.
Metrology will be trained by Bruce Brown, and we’re looking for him to run well on the dirt this fall and winter. There are still shares available in this partnership — the Castle Village Farm 2010 Saratoga Claiming Partnership. Just click on “New Partnership Opportunities.”
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old colt Iguazu has returned to the race track after a five-month layoff. He arrived at trainer Bruce Brown’s barn on Sunday, September 12th, and will be pointed to the Aqueduct fall meet.
Iguazu raced once as a two-year-old, then developed some knee problems while training for his next start at Gulfstream. He’s spent the last few months at Diana McClure’s Carousel Farm in Berryville, VA.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old NY-bred gelding Bishop of Nola will try to become the first horse to win three races at this year’s Saratoga meet when he runs in Saturday’s 8th race.
Bishop of Nola won on July 29th, when we claimed him, then won again on August 14th, when we moved him up in class to a NY-bred N1X allowance. On Saturday, he’ll take another jump up, running in a NY-bred N2X allowance, at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. John Velazquez will ride for trainer Bruce Brown.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old Bishop of Nola scored a huge win at Saratoga on Saturday, August 14th, running away from the field in a NY-bred allowance to win by 5 1/2 lengths.
Bishop of Nola, whom CVF claimed just two weeks earlier and who is trained for us by Bruce Brown., led all the way in the mile and a sixteenth turf race and drew off down the stretch, under urging from jockey Javier Castellano. It was the horse’s third lifetime win, and lifted his earnings to over $72,000. The win was the third of the meet for Bruce Brown, and the third of the day for Castellano. Bishop of Nola earned a very solid Beyer speed figure of 88 for the win.
Next for Bishop of Nola will be a second-level allowance at Belmont.
Two Castle Village farm horses are likely to start at the current Saratoga meet, assuming all goes well.
Our new claim, Bishop of Nola, has bounced back nicely from his last race. We’re looking at a race that’s in the new condition book for August 28th, Travers day. It’s a NY-bred N1X allowance at 1 1/16th miles on the turf.
Talkking Blues has been breezing well for Bruce Brown down at Belmont, and the plans are to ship him to Saratoga in time for an N2L sprint any time from August 27th on, depending on when the race gets used.
Good luck to both!