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After finishing second and third in his first two races back from a layoff, Castle Village Farm goes for his maiden win in the third race at Aqueduct on Thursday, January 20.

Trained by Bruce Brown and ridden by David Cohen, Iguazu will face five other horses. Post time is 1:25 pm.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Castle Village Farm’s newest claiming partnership is ready to start looking for a horse. We have enough in the bank to make a claim, but we’re still anxious to have more partners. The bigger the partnership, the better a horse we can claim! Please check out our new partnership opportunities.

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Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old gelding Iguazu, off for a year with a knee injury, has been breezing well for trainer Bruce Brown and is ready to get back to the races. We’re targeting a maiden race at Aqueduct on December 9th for his reappearance in the entries.

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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.

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Castle Village farm’s three-year-old NY-bred gelding Bishop of Nola is entered in the 1st race at Aqueduct on Saturday, November 27th. It’s a NY-bred N2X allowance at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf, weather permitting. David Cohen rides for trainer Bruce Brown.

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Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old Bishop of Nola ran a very creditable 3rd in today featured 8th race at Aqueduct, a NY-bred N2X allowance at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Bishop of Nola survived some early bumping, thanks to adroit handling by jockey David Cohen, then tracked the wire-to-wire winner, Abilio, before fading slightly in the stretch.

In three races for Castle Village Farm since he was claimed, Bishop of Nola has a win and a 3rd-place finish.

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