We’re forming a new 2016 partnership to purchase a two-year-old colt by Broken Vow out of the stakes-placed mare Mystery Itself, by Pulpit. The second dam is multiple Grade 1 winner You’d Be Surprised. The colt is in training in Virginia and is expected to come to the race track early in the fall.
Castle Village Farm’s Lemme Rock won for the second time this year, taking a 6-furlong allowance at Finger Lakes on July 11th. Lemme Rock tracked the early pace from the rail, launched a bid at the 1/8th pole and blew by the leader, Bella the Bandit, just before the finish line, winning by half a length. So far this year Lemme Rock has two wins from six starts, with earnings of $30,464 for the year and has a lifetime record of 35-7-14-3, earning $164,834.
Castle Village Farm’s 5-year-old NY-bred mare Lemme Rock easily won a N3X allowance at Finger Lakes on Tuesday, May 10th, pulling away from the field to prevail by 4 lengths, running the 5 furlongs in a brisk 59.01. It was her first win in three starts since we claimed her at Aqueduct.
Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old NY-bred colt Proletariat demolished his rivals in the 7th race at Aqueduct on Saturday, February 6th, winning an N2L claiming race by seven lengths. Proletariat, who went off at 27-1, was making his first start around two turns and, with Mike Luzzi aboard, improved his lifetime record to 9-2-0-0, with total earnings of $52,488.
Castle Village Farm’s Saint Finian finished second in the 6th race at Aqueduct on Thursday, November 20th. Saint Finian was claimed out of the race by trainer Abby Adsit, so our 2012 Claiming Partnership will once again be looking for a new horse. During bios time at CVF, Saint Finian started five times, with a win, a second and a third.
Castle Village Farm’s Saint Finian won the 2nd race at Belmont on Friday, October 30th. The race was a $25,000 claimer at a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt (moved off the turf) for a purse of $47,000. Ridden expertly by apprentice Eric Cancel, Saint Finian broke alertly, settled in mid-pack up the backstretch, then took control in the last eighth of a mile to win by a length, going away.
CVF claimed Saint Finian in August at Saratoga. In four starts for us since then, he now has a win and a third.
Castle Village Farm’s new 2015 Claiming Partnership haltered its second horse, Spartan Emperor, claiming him for $25,000 out of the 3rd race at Belmont on Thursday, October 22nd.
Spartan Emperor is a three-year-old NY-bred chestnut gelding by Freud out of a Devil His Due mare. In four races for his previous connections, he had one win. We’ll be looking to try him on the grass before turf racing ends for the year. He replaces this partnership’s first horse, So Good to Go, who was claimed away from us in her first start in our colors.
Castle Village Farm’s 3-year-old NY-bred colt Proletariat won the 10th race at Saratoga on Thursday, August 27th. Under a smart ride by Luis Saez, Proletariat tracked a fast pace, moved up on the turn, and took over in the stretch, widening his margin to 3 1/2 lengths at the wire. It was our colt’s maiden win in his fifth lifetime start.
Castle Village Farm’s retirement arm, Castle Village Cares, together with owner Anthony Bonomo, have successfully rescued our former racer Bishop of Nola and arranged for his safe retirement in Florida.
We claimed Bishop of Nola from Bonomo’s Brooklyn Boyz Stable at Saratoga in 2010, and he was claimed away from us the following year. Eventually, he found his way to El Comandante race track in Puerto Rico, where he was running for $3,500 and looking very unhealthy. Together with Bonomo, we bought him from his latest owner, arranged for quarantine and shipping back to the mainland, and procured a retirement home for him in Florida’s horse country near Ocala.
Thanks to all involved.
Castle Village Farm’s seven-year-old East of Danzig returns from a brief break in the 9th race at Laurel on Saturday, August 1st. The race is a mile and an eighth on the turf, for a $7,500 claiming price. Forrest Boyce rides for our Maryland-based trainer Ferris Allen.