Castle Village Farm’s tough old claiming horse Alston Gunter finished a solid 3rd on Tuesday, September 3rd at PARX Racing near Philadelphia. Trainer Donnie White seems to have found the key to restoring Alston Gunter’s enthusiasm for racing, and we’re looking forward to a win in the near future.
The Castle Village Farm 2012 Claiming Partnership, which lost Afternoon Treat to a claim back in June at Belmont, filled that stall in Bruce Brown’s barn on August 3rd by claiming East of Danzig out of the 4th race at Saratoga for $20,000.
East of Danzig, a son of Langfuhr and grandson of Danzig, is a five-year-old NY-bred gelding, out of the German-based family of Raffinierte, the dam of the good New York-bred race horse and sire Raffie’s Majesty.
East of Danzig, sent off at 9-1, finished a fast-closing 3rd in the August 3 race. He’ll be pointed to another turf start at Saratoga before the end of this year’s meet.
Castle Village Farm’s new 2013 Two-Year-Old Partnership has privately purchased Underthemoonlight, a NY-bred filly by Golden Missile out of the Yonaguska mare Yon Van Dance. Underthemoonlight arrived at trainer Bruce Brown’s barn on June 12th and will be readied for a late summer or fall debut.
Castle Village Farm’s 5-year-old NJ-bred gelding Afternoon Treat is entered in the 1st race at Monmouth on Father’s Day, Sunday June 16th. It’s a $10,000 claiming sprint with a purse, enhanced by the NJ-bred bonus, of $29,400. Manuel Franco rides for trainer Bruce Brown.
Castle Village Farm’s six-year-old Afternoon Treat is entered main-track-only in the 1st race at Belmont on Saturday, May 25. The race is a turf sprint at 6 furlongs with a claiming price of $25,000 and a purse of $40,000.
Castle Village Farm’s 6-year-old gelding Alston Gunter is entered in the 3rd race at Belmont, Friday May 24th. Luis Saez has the mount for CVF trainer Bruce Brown.
Castle Village Farm’s Afternoon Treat, who’s entered main-track-only in the 10th race on Friday, May 3rd at Belmont, is also entered in the 5th race Saturday, May 4th. That one is a $35,000 claiming sprint on the dirt, with a field of eight entered.
Castle Village Farm’s New York-bred Megalithic, who had been prepping upstate for the start of the 2013 turf season, suffered a tendon injury and will be retired. After a couple of promising breezes, Megalithic showed some weakness in the tendon near the sesamoid, a situation that just created too great a danger, so we took the safer course of action and retired him. We’re hoping he’ll find a successful second career as a pleasure or show horse.
Castle Village Farm horses Alston Gunter and Afternoon Treat are both entered in the 10th race at Belmont on Friday, May 3rd. It’s a 6-furlong turf sprint, for a claiming price of $25,000. Alston Gunter, with David Cohen aboard, is in the main body of the race, while Afternoon Treat is entered main-track-only if the race comes off the turf. If that happens, both will run, as Alston Gunter is adept on either surface. Post time at Belmont is 5:35 pm.
Castle Village Farm’s five-year-old NY-bred Megalithic is scheduled to return to Bruce Brown’s barn at Belmont the week of April 15th, following an extended winter vacation.
Megalithic has been at Mike Shrader’s In-Front Training Center in Ghent, NY since last fall, recovering from a tendon injury and skipping the inner-track dirt racing at Aqueduct. He’s a turf specialist, and Bruce aims to have him ready for turf racing at Belmont this spring.