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Castle Village Farm claimed three-year-old Metrology (Purge-Victory Thrill by Victory Gallop) out of the 5th race at Belmont on Sunday, September 5th.

Metrology will be trained by Bruce Brown, and we’re looking for him to run well on the dirt this fall and winter. There are still shares available in this partnership — the Castle Village Farm 2010 Saratoga Claiming Partnership. Just click on “New Partnership Opportunities.”

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Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old colt Iguazu has returned to the race track after a five-month layoff. He arrived at trainer Bruce Brown’s barn on Sunday, September 12th, and will be pointed to the Aqueduct fall meet.

Iguazu raced once as a two-year-old, then developed some knee problems while training for his next start at Gulfstream. He’s spent the last few months at Diana McClure’s Carousel Farm in Berryville, VA.

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Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old NY-bred gelding Bishop of Nola will try to become the first horse to win three races at this year’s Saratoga meet when he runs in Saturday’s 8th race.

Bishop of Nola won on July 29th, when we claimed him, then won again on August 14th, when we moved him up in class to a NY-bred N1X allowance. On Saturday, he’ll take another jump up, running in a NY-bred N2X allowance, at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. John Velazquez will ride for trainer Bruce Brown.

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Castle Village Farm’s three-year-old Bishop of Nola scored a huge win at Saratoga on Saturday, August 14th, running away from the field in a NY-bred allowance to win by 5 1/2 lengths.

Bishop of Nola, whom CVF claimed just two weeks earlier and who is trained for us by Bruce Brown., led all the way in the mile and a sixteenth turf race and drew off down the stretch, under urging from jockey Javier Castellano. It was the horse’s third lifetime win, and lifted his earnings to over $72,000. The win was the third of the meet for Bruce Brown, and the third of the day for Castellano. Bishop of Nola earned a very solid Beyer speed figure of 88 for the win.

Next for Bishop of Nola will be a second-level allowance at Belmont.

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Castle VillageFfarm’s newest horse, three-year-old Bishop of Nola, runs in our colors for the first time in the 11th race at Saratoga on Saturday, August 14th.  It’s a NY-bred N1X allowance at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf. Javier Castellano rides for trainer Bruce Brown.

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Two Castle Village farm horses are likely to start at the current Saratoga meet, assuming all goes well.

Our new claim, Bishop of Nola, has bounced back nicely from his last race. We’re looking at a race that’s in the new condition book for August 28th, Travers day. It’s a NY-bred N1X allowance at 1 1/16th miles on the turf.

Talkking Blues has been breezing well for Bruce Brown down at Belmont, and the plans are to ship him to Saratoga in time for an N2L sprint any time from August 27th on, depending on when the race gets used.

Good luck to both!

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The Castle Village Farm 2010 Claiming Partnership claimed three-year-old Bishop of Nola from the horse’s win in  the 9th race at Saratoga on Friday, July 30th.  Bishop of Nola is a NY-bred gelding by Devil His Due out of a Forty Niner mare. His record after yesterday’s gritty win is 11-2-3-1 with earnings of over $70,000. We claimed him for $25,000.

Bishop of Nola will be trained by Bruce Brown, and is likely to run back at Saratoga, most likely in a NY-bred allowance later in the meet. He’s the second horse for our 2010 claiming partnership; the first, Good Law, had a win and a second for us before he was claimed away.

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Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old gelding Talking Blues returned to the race track last week from a well-deserved vacation. Trainer Bruce Brown reports that Talking Blues is in excellent shape for a horse coming back from the farm, and that he hopes to have our horse ready to race sometime in the second half of the Saratoga meet.

Talking Blues, a gray New York-bred by Silver Music that we purchased as a yearling at Saratoga, won his maiden on New Year’s day this year.  After one more race, he started showing some signs of tiredness; he’d been at the race track for well over a year with no time off. So we sent him out to Dave and James Rintoul’s farm on eastern Long Island, where he enjoyed some well-deserved R&R. We’re delighted to have him back in training.

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At roughly the half-way point in the Belmont meet, here are some very satisfying facts about our horses:

So far at Belmont, Castle Village Farm has a win and two seconds from just 4 starts. That’s a 25% win percentage, and 75% in the money. Our average earnings per start are $7,237.

Those numbers are better than ANY of the moderately-priced partnerships that have run at this Belmont meet, and comparable to some of the expensive partnerships, such as Dogwood and West Point. For example, at this meet, Dogwood is 1-1-0 from 7 starts (14% wins, 29% ITM), with average earnings of $6,838; and West Point is 2-1-2 from 9 starts (22% wins, 55% ITM), with average earnings of $7,747.

Other high-end partnerships like Centennial, Team Valor and Sovereign have better earnings per start than we do, but, remember, their horses cost 10 times or more what ours cost, and their minimum buy-in is $25,000 or more. And their win and in-the-money percentages are generally worse than ours.

Compared to the partnerships in our price range, we’re way better.  Karakorum is 0-1-2 from 24 starts! (0% wins, 12.5% ITM), with pathetic per-start earnings of $1,001. Pont Street is 0-0-1 from 5 starts (0% wins, 20% ITM), average earnings of $2,439. Parting Glass is 0-2-2 from 5 starts (0% wins, 80% ITM), average earnings of $4,310. Funky Munky is 0-1-1 from 3 starts (0% wins, 67% ITM), earnings of $6,400 per start, which is inflated because one of those starts was a last-place finish in a stakes race.

For all partnerships that have started at least one horse at the meet, the figures are 11-13-19 from 111 starts (10% wins, 39% ITM), with average earnings per start of $6,362. So we’re better than average on every measure.

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On the heels of its success with its first claiming partnership of the year — $25,000 claim Good Law had a win and a second in two starts for Castle Village Farm before he was claimed away on June 4th — CVF has launched a new claiming group. The Castle Village Farm 2010 Saratoga Claiming Partnership will be looking for a horse at the upcoming Saratoga meet. We’re hoping to claim at the $25,000 or higher level and to have the kind of success that we’ve had with so many other claims, from our very first,Flippy Diane, through No Bad Habits, Fighting Speedy, Diligent gambler, Southern Missile and more.

All the details are available right here, on the New Partnership Opportunities page.

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