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Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old Bishop of Nola ran a very creditable 3rd in today featured 8th race at Aqueduct, a NY-bred N2X allowance at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Bishop of Nola survived some early bumping, thanks to adroit handling by jockey David Cohen, then tracked the wire-to-wire winner, Abilio, before fading slightly in the stretch.

In three races for Castle Village Farm since he was claimed, Bishop of Nola has a win and a 3rd-place finish.

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Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old Bishop of Nola is entered in the 8th race at Aqueduct on Wednesday, November 10th. It’s a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, weather permitting, NY-bred N2X allowance/optional claimer.

We claimed Bishop of Nola at Saratoga, and he promptly came back for us and won the NY-bred N1X condition on August 14th. This will be his second try at the N2X condition. David Cohen will be aboard for trainer Bruce Brown. Post time is 3:44 pm.

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Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old Metrology finished a solid second in the opener at Aqueduct on Friday, November 5th. Metrology, as is his wont, trailed the field early, then made a move through the stretch to get up for the place.

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Aqueduct has announced that all races will be off the turf tomorrow, Friday, November 5th. That means Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old Metrology, entered main-track-only, will be racing in the 1st, post time 12:30 pm EDT. Look for him to come running through the stretch.

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Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old Metrology is entered in the first race at Aqueduct on Friday, November 5th. It’s a $25,000 claiming race for non-winners of two lifetime, and Metrology is entered main-track-only, with rain in the forecast for Thursday and Friday. David Cohen will ride for trainer Bruce Brown.

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Castle Village Farm’s Bishop of Nola worked 5/8ths of a mile Sunday morning in a brisk 1:00.72, galloping out in 1:14. That was Bishop of Nola’s final work before his planned race on Saturday, November 6th at Aqueduct, a NY-bred N2X allowance on the turf.

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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.

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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.

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Castle Village Farm’s Metrology goes in the 5th race at Belmont on Saturday, October 16th. And, weather permitting, Bishop of Nola goes for his second win in our colors in the 10th at Belmont on Sunday, October 17th. It’s a turf race, so we need things to stay dry.

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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.

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