Castle Village Farm’s Iguazu was a late scratch on January 20th at Aqueduct when he broke through the starting gate before the 3rd race and ran all the way around the inner track, then reversed course and jogged back half a mile on the ice-covered main track before heading down the ramp to the barn area, where he was finally corralled. Luckily, he wasn’t injured and will be entered again as soon as his race comes up again.
Steve is in dialogue with NYRA about the lapses that permitted Iguazu to get onto the dangerous outer track, where one horse had already died this winter after skidding on the ice. In Iguazu’s case, a combination of poor work by the outriders and failure to close a rail between the two tracks were to blame. I hope NYRA will take appropriate corrective action before another horse is seriously injured or killed.
Castle Village Farm’s gelding Iguazu celebrated the end of his three-year-old year on December 31st at Aqueduct by finishing 3rd in a three-horse photo, missing the win by just a quarter of a length. Iguazu broke alertly and maintained a narrow lead to the top of the stretch, then battled the regally bred Baatesh and the late-closing Forty Prayers to the wire, just missing in the stretch drive.
December 31st was also the close of the Aqueduct fall-winter race meet. For the meet, Castle Village Farm had five starters — all in the money, with two seconds and three thirds, and average earnings per start of $5,592. For all of 2010, Castle Village Farm had 18 starts, three wins (17%) and 12 in-the-money finishes (67%!), with total earnings of $105,842, an average of $5,880 per start.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old gelding Iguazu runs in the 1st race at Aqueduct on Friday, December 31. It’s a $35,000 maiden claiming race at six furlongs. At the same level last time out, he ran a good second.
Hoping to bookend the year with victories. CVF’s Talking Blues won on New Year’s Day last January.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old gelding Iguazu (Smoke Glacken-Green Jeans) made a stirring return to the races, after a year-long layoff, finishing a close second in the fourth race at Aqueduct on Thursday, December 9th. Nice work by trainer Bruce Brown getting him ready (he looked spectacular in the paddock) and by jockey David Cohen in patiently guiding a very green Iguazu to the wire.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old gelding Iguazu returns to the races in the 4th at Aqueduct on Thursday, December 9th. David Cohen rides for trainer Bruce Brown.
Iguazu made one start as a two-year-old, then was laid up for a year with knee problems. He returned to the track in September and has been breezing steadily for Bruce for the past two months. We’re looking for a strong performance in his return.
Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old NY-bred gelding Bishop of Nola finished second in Saturday’s first race at Aqueduct. Bishop of Nola led most of the way in the mile and a sixteenth N2X turf allowance, then was passed by two horses on the turn, but battled back in the stretch to lose by just a nose at the wire.
Bishop of Nola, ridden on Saturday by David Cohen and trained by Bruce Brown, now has a win, a second and a third in four starts, all in allowance company, since we claimed him in Saratoga this summer.