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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old colt Strings and Arrows ran a solid 3rd in Aqueduct’s 6th race on Sunday, March 21st, at odds of 29-1.  In his first try going two turns, Strings and Arrows, under jockey Mike Luzzi, led for three-quarters of a mile in the New York-bred maiden special weight event, then grudgingly gave in to two challengers while holding the rest of the field at bay. Trainer Leah Gyarmati plans to keep Strings and Arrows running longer distances, and to try him on turf when the grass racing season starts next month.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old colt Strings and Arrows, by Bowman’s Band, is entered in the 6th race at Aqueduct on Sunday, March 21st. It’s a NY-bred maiden special weight at one mile 70 yards, with a full field of 10 entered. Most of the field, including Strings and Arrows, had been entered last Saturday at Aqueduct, but that race card was cancelled because of bad weather.  Jockey Mike Luzzi will ride Strings and Arrows for CVF trainer Leah Gyarmati.

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Racing was cancelled at Aqueduct today, wiping out Strings and Arrows’ planned start in the second race, a NY-bred maiden special weight at one mile 70 yards.  So we’re still looking for a two-turn race for our boy. Next one in the condition book is next Sunday, March 21, but maybe the racing office will re-use today’s race before then. Let’s hope.

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Our four-year-old colt Strings and Arrows will be entered for a NY-bred maiden special weight at Aqueduct for Saturday, March 13th, going one  ile and 70 yards.  The racing office put the race up as an extra after a couple of two-turn races for Strings and Arrows failed to draw enough entries, and so we had to run him at six furlongs, a lot shorter than his best distance.  If the race goes, this will be his third start suince returning from an injury, and we’ll be looking for a strong performance.

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Castle Village Farm trainer Bill Turner is being honored this weekend by the Barbados Turf Club, as the only living trainer of a US Triple Crown winner (Seattle Slew in 1977). Bill’s visit is in conjunction with Barbados’ biggest racing day of the year, the 29th running of the Sandy Lane Gold Cup, on Saturday, March 6th.

Bill will be back at Palm Meadows in Florida, training our colt Iguazu, by the end of the weekend.

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Castle Village Farm racing manager Steve Zorn writes regularly on the business of thoroughbred racing. It’s an iconoclastic view of the game we all love, definitely not the same-old, same-old view that’s usually repeated by industry insiders. You can check it out here: http://businessofracing.blogspot.com or by clicking on the Blog tab on our home page.

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Our four-year-old colt Strings and Arrows, making his second start off a seven-month layoff, ran a solid 4th in Aqueduct’s 7th race today, gaining ground through the stretch. The race was at six furlongs, which is shorter than we wanted, but NYRA hasn’t been using any two-turn maiden races for older horses. So we entered here and got a solid performance that reinforces our belief that Strings and Arrows will do better as the distances lengthen out. In any event, Aqueduct had a huge speed bias today, so our colt’s closing effort was even more impressive.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old colt Strings and Arrows, by Bowman’s Band, makes his second start following a seven month layoff when he goes to the post on Saturday, Deb. 20th, in Aqueduct’s 7th race. It’s a New York-bred $50,000 maiden claiming race, at six furlongs on Aqueduct’s inner track. Jockey Mike Luzzi will ride for trainer and co-owner Leah Gyarmati.

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Our four-year-olds based at Belmont, Talking Blues (trained by Bruce Brown) and Strings and Arrows (trained and co-owned by Leah Gyarmati) are both ready to race again. All they need now is for the NYRA racing office to cooperate. Both were targeting races in the condition book for this week, but neither race was used. So we’re watching the overnights and looking for the next available spots.

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Our three-year-old colt Iguazu is back at work at the Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, Florida. This past Saturday Iguazu breezed a half-mile in 48.50 seconds, the 6th fastest of 24 works at the distance that day.

Iguazu came out of the breeze in excellent shape and is back galloping on the track. He’ll have a few more breezes and then we’ll be looking for a race for him.

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