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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old gelding Bishop of Nola makes his second start off a winter layoff in the 8th race at Belmont on Saturday, June 25th. It’s a mile and a sixteenth NY-bred N2X allowance on the turf. Javier Castellano, who won on Bishop of Nola last summer at Saratoga, gets the ride for CVF trainer Bruce Brown.

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The Castle Village Farm 2011 Spring-Summer Claiming Partnership claimed its first horse on Friday, June 17th, when we took In Just We Trust for $20,000.

In Just We Trust is a four-year-old by Forest Danger, originally purchased at the 2008 Keeneland September sale for $275,000. Owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Todd Pletcher let him go a year ago, and he’s since been a solid sprinter on the NYRA circuit. Overall, he’s 4-for 20 lifetime, with 14 in-the-money finishes and earnings of over $126,000. CVF trainer Bruce Brown expects to run him in starter and allowance races over the rest of the year.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old Bishop of Nola placed 3rd in his season debut at Belmont on May 27th, a NY-bred N2X allowance at a mile on the turf.

The race was Bishop of Nola’s first since the end of the turf racing season last fall, and, as usual, he went to the lead early, led to the quarter pole, but was eventually passed by the two race favorites in deep stretch, while fighting back gamely to hold the show spot.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old Bishop of Nola tries once again to make his season debut this Friday, May 27th, in the 4th race at Belmont. Bishop of Nola, a turf specialist, has been rained out twice this season already, and the weather forecast for Friday is uncertain, but we’re hoping the race will stay on the grass.

The race is a New York-bred N2X allowance, with a field of seven. David Cohen rides Bishop of Nola for CVF trainer Bruce Brown. Bishop of Nola, breaking from post position three, is likely to have the early lead, and will then need to fend off challenges from stakes winner Gimme Credit (in for the optional $35,000 claiming tag) and Fair Hill shipper Shrimp Dancer.

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Castle Village Farm’s Iguazu finished 3rd in Belmont’s 5th race on Saturday, May 14, extending his streak of picking up a check to seven races. Iguazu was claimed out of the race by Marcus Vitali. He ended his Castle Village farm career with a record of one win, two seconds and two thirds from 8 starts, with earnings of $28,524.

In Belmont’s 8th on Saturday, CVF’s Bishop of Nola failed to draw in off the also-eligible list. We’ll be looking at the overnights for a race for him in the near future.

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Castle Village Farm’s Iguazu looks like the favorite on Saturday, May 14, in the 5th at Belmont. The race is a $10,000 N2L claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs, and last time out, Iguazu finished 2nd at this level. Leading rider Ramon Dominguez has the mount.

Later in the card, Bishop of Nola is entered for his first race back from a winter layoff. He’s on the also-eligible list for the mile and a sixteenth NY-bred N2X allowance, but has a good chance of drawing in. If he does, regular CVF rider David Cohen will be aboard.

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The (very tough) starter allowance for Bishop of Nola was washed off the turf by Wednesday’s rain, and so we scratched. Trainer Bruce Brown will be looking for another spot in the near future.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old gelding Bishop of Nola (Devil His Due-Via Mizner by Forty Niner) returns to the races on Wednesday, May 4th, in Belmont’s featured 8th race, a starter allowance for New York-breds that have run for a claiming price, at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.

We claimed Bishop of Nola for $25,000 at Saratoga last summer, and he promptly repaid our confidence by winning again at the Spa. He subsequently finished 2nd and 3rd in turf allowances at Aqueduct before the grass racing season ended and he went on a winter break at the In-Front Training Center in Ghent, NY. Bishop of Nola has been back in Bruce Brown’s barn at Belmont for over a month and is in good shape for his season debut.

The starter allowance came up tough, though, with an eight-horse field that includes the winner of last year’s Mohawk Handicap. Scott Schwartz’s Pocket Cowboys. Bishop of Nola has his work cut out for him.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old gelding Iguazu, who finished 5th at Aqueduct on March 11th, has been moved up to 4th following the belated disqualification of the 3rd-place finisher, Eve of Destruction, trained by Rudy Rodriguez. The change improves Iguazu’s earnings for the race to $1,050.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old gelding Iguazu rallied from well back in the pack to finish a strong second in today’s 7th race at Belmont. Iguazu, normally a front-runner, was pinched back at the break, and at one point was 8th in the 11-horse field. But, under jockey David Cohen’s steady hand, Iguazu moved up on the turn, emerged into the stretch on the rail, passed all but the 2-1 favorite Stylish Fella, and then hung on gamely to the wire, missing the win by only a length and a half.

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