Strings and Arrows on Schedule for Return to the Races. Strings and Arrows continues to train extremely well for his planned return to the races in January. Heâ€™s due to breeze a half-mile once again this week, then have a couple more breezes before we start looking for a race to enter. Trainer Leah Gyarmati is very excited about seeing Strings and Arrows back in the starting gate soon.
Iguazu Arrives in Florida. Our two-year-old Iguazu arrived Sunday morning, December 6th, at the Palm Meadows training center in Boynton Beach, FL, where heâ€™ll be based for the winter. Iguazu will not race at Calder in December, because, among other things, Calder has been closed to any horses shipping in, because of an outbreak of equine herpes virus in three barns at Calder. We want to be sure our colt stays well away from any possibility of contagion. Trainer Bill Turner will be looking to give Iguazu a race early in the Gulfstream meet, which starts on January 3rd.
New Claiming Partnership to Start Looking for a Horse. The new Castle Village Farm 2009 claiming partnership is actively looking for a horse to claim at Aqueduct, before the end of the year if possible â€“ that is, if we get the right one that meets our standards. Trainer Bruce Brown and CVF racing manager Steve Zorn are looking over the past performances and hope to come up with some possibilities soon.
Bagavond Doing Well in Virginia. Diana McClure, who runs Carousel Stables in northern Virginia, reports that our six-year-old gelding Bagavond is doing well on his winter vacation from turf racing. Bagavond has been treated for some soreness in his front legs, and is responding well, and ready to enjoy some turnout time in Dianaâ€™s paddocks. Weâ€™ll be looking to bring him back to Belmont in the spring, so that heâ€™s ready for the start of grass racing in April or May of 2010.
Talking Blues Out on the Training Track for Bruce Brown, Talking Blues has been jogging on the Belmont training track for his new trainer, Bruce Brown, for the past week. According to Bruceâ€™s exercise rider and assistant trainer, Talking Blues has been eager to get to work, and weâ€™ll probably be looking for a race for him as soon as Aqueduct resumes racing after the holiday break. There will be no racing from Monday, December 13th though Christmas Day. Bruce Brown, by the way, took a day off from training on account of the birth of his son. Congratulations!
Strings and Arrows has first half-mile breeze. Leah Gyarmati gave Strings and Arrows his first half-mile breeze since his return to the race track. Our colt went in 51.02 seconds, well in hand. The breeze is another strong step on Strings and Arrowsâ€™ road back to the races. Leah will give him a few more breezes, but, if all goes well, he should be ready to race not too long after the Aqueduct holiday break.
Nov. 27. Talking Blues Moves to Trainer Bruce Brownâ€™s Barn. After a hard-luck trip in Aqueductâ€™s 4th race on November 26th (losing a four-way-photo for the place), Talking Blues has moved to trainer Bruce Brownâ€™s barn at Belmont. Bill Turner will be heading to Florida for the winter, but New York-bred Talking Blues will stay at Aqueduct, where he should thrive on state-bred competition on the inner track. Bruce Brown will also be training for Castle Village Farmâ€™s new 2009 claiming partnership, which we hope to have underway in the near future.
Strings and Arrows Works 3f at Belmont. Â Trainer Leah Gyarmati gave our three-year-old Strings and Arrows a three-furlong breeze on the Belmont training track on November 23rd. Our horse went in 38.11 seconds, in his second official workout after returning to the track from a sesamoid injury that he suffered while finishing a gallant third back in June.Â Weâ€™re looking to see him back in the starting gate not too long after the Christmas break.
Iguazu has debut race at Aqueduct, will head to Florida. Our two-year-old colt Iguazu (Smoke Glacken-Green Jeans) has had his first career start, at Aqueduct on November 21st, in an open-company maiden special weight at 5 Â½ furlongs.Â The major purpose of the race was to show him what racing is like, while he was still a two year old.Â And that it did. Â He had a tough trip, getting pinched back at the break, so we figure the experience should set him up well for the future. Bill Turner will be taking Iguazu to the Palm Meadows training center in Florida and plans to race him at Gulfstream Park over the winter, where heâ€™ll gradually lengthen out into races of a mile and up.
Strings and Arrows Has First Workout. Three-year-old Castle Village Farm colt Strings and Arrows (Bowmanâ€™s Band-Herbâ€™s Prospect), trained and co-owned by Leah Gyarmati, returned to the Belmont training track on November 18th for his first official workout since he was injured in a race back on June 3rd.Â Renowned equine surgeon Dr. Patti Hogan operated on Strings and Arrows after the injury, and our colt has been making steady progress in his recovery.Â This workout was his first officially recorded breeze since the surgery â€“ an important step on his road back to the races.