Castle Village Farm’s five-year-old NY-bred mare Victory at Last drew off in the stretch to take Aqueduct’s 9th race on January 11th, winning by almost five lengths.
Ridden by hot apprentice Jose Ortiz Jr. and trained by Bruce Brown, Victory at Last stalked the early pace-setter, Mollie’s Prize, through moderate early fractions, then took charge on the far turn and was never threatened. Victory at Last was sent off at 5-2, the 3rd betting choice in a 10-horse field.
The win follows a strong second-place finish for Victory at Last in the same N3L claiming condition on New Year’s day. She was feeling so good following that effort that Bruce Brown and racing Manager Steve Zorn decided to bring her right back on short rest, a decision that paid handsome dividends.
12-year-old Diligent Gambler, the winningest horse in Castle Village Farm’s history, and later a much-loved stable pony at Belmont, died suddenly of an apparent heart attack on January 3rd, 2013. Racing in our colors from 2004-07, Diligent Gambler had a record of 8-7-8 from 28 starts. After he was claimed away from us, we bought him back in order to retire him and then had him retrained for his new career as Leah’s pony, a role he truly enjoyed.
We’ll miss him.
Castle Village Farm’s five-year-old NY-bred mare, Victory at Last, finished a strong second in the 5th race at Aqueduct on New Year’s Day. Ridden by Jose Ortiz and trained by Bruce Brown, Victory at Last tracked the early pace of odds-on favorite Superstitious Love, then moved with 2nd choice Lily Lynn at the quarter pole, and both of those ran down Superstitious Love in the stretch. Victory at Last held off a late challenge from Mess in a Dress to preserve the place.
Castle Village Farm’s 4-year-old NY-bred filly, Victory at Last, was snowed out when NYRA cancelled racing at Aqueduct on Saturday, Dec. 29th, but is entered right back in the 5th race on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1st, when she’ll be a new 5-year-old It’s a $15,000 claiming race, with a purse of $30,000, for fillies and mares that haven’t won in the past six months or have never won three races. This will be Victory at Last’s second start for CVF since we claimed her in October. Jose Ortiz rides for CVF trainer Bruce Brown.
Castle Village Farm’s Victory at Last ran a non-threatening 6th in the 5th race at Aqueduct on Wednesday, November 28th. Sent off at 10-1, Victory at Last broke from post position 10 and was never able to get close to the rail, running in the four-path for most of the race and then fading in the stretch.
We’ll try again in a two-turn race when racing moves to the inner track at Aqueduct in December.
Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old NY-bred filly, Victoryat Last (by Victory Gallop) makes her first start in our colors in the 5th race at Aqueduct on Wednesday, November 28th.
We claimed Victory at Last out of a NY-bred allowance/optional claimer on October 12th. CVF trainer Bruce Brown took some time to put much-needed weight on her and get her a couple of stamina-building breezes. We’re looking for a strong performance under talented apprentice jockey Wilmer Garcia.
Castle Village Farm’s newest claim, the four-year-old NY-bred filly Victory at Last, breezed a strong five furlongs on the Belmont training track Saturday, November 10. According to trainer Bruce Brown, she came out of the breeze in good shape, and we’re looking for a race in the second half of November at Aqueduct.
Original plans to run on November 14 had to be scrapped because Hurricane Sandy and the subsequent nor’easter caused Victory at Last to miss too many days of training.
Castle Village Farm’s newest claim, the four-year-old New York-bred filly Victory at Last, is being pointed toward a race in the Aqueduct condition book for November 14th. Â It’s a $15,000 claiming race, at a mile, for fillies and mares that have never won three races or that are three-year-olds or that haven’t won on the dirt in the past six months. Â Victory at Last, with four lifetime wins, makes it under the last of those conditions.
Castle Village Farm claimed Victory at Last on October 12th at Belmont for $14,000. Trainer Bruce Brown has changed her shoeing and her diet and expects to have her ready for a strong performance by mid-November.