Castle Village Farm claimed 5-year-old Hero Figure from the 3rd race at Saratoga on August 21st. Hero Figure, a five-year-old bay ridgling by Fusaichi Pegasus out of an End Sweep mare, has a record of five wins, two seconds and a third from 12 lifetime starts. He replaces Metrology, who was claimed away on June 30th, in the CVF lineup.
Castle Village Farm’s 4-year-old NY-bred gelding, Bishop of Nola, returns to his favorite racetrack on Sunday, July 31st, when he takes on a field of 10 in a starter allowance on the turf.
Last year, Bishop of Nola won two races at the Spa. Sunday’s race is for horses that have started for a claiming price of $50,000 or less and have never won a race other than maiden, claiming or restricted (i.e., NY-bred). It’s at a mile and a sixteenth on the inner turf course, for a purse of $49,000, plus a NY-bred bonus. Javier Castellano, who was aboard for Bishop of Nola’s win on June 25th at Belmont, will ride for CVF trainer Bruce Brown.
Castle Village Farm completed a very successful Belmont spring-summer meet with two wins, a second and three third-place finishes from six starts –33% wins and 100% in the money!
Our winners were Bishop of Nola on June 25th and Metrology on June 30th. We’ll be running Bishop of Nola back on his favorite turf course at Saratoga and will also be running our newest claim, In Just we Trust. Metrology, meanwhile, was claimed out of his winning effort on the 30th. Good luck to him with his new connections.
Castle Village Farm is looking to start off its Saratoga meet with two entries this coming weekend. Our newest claim, In Just We Trust, will be entered in a claiming race for Saturday, July 30th, and last-out allowance winner Bishop of Nola will be entered for a starter allowance on Sunday, July 31st. Let’s hope the racing secretary and the weatherman cooperate.
Castle Village Farm won its sewcond race in a row Friday, June 30th, when Mterology too the 1st at Belmont. That was just five days after CVF’s Bishop of Nola had won a Belmont allowance.
Under perfect handling by jockey David Cohen, Metrology took up his usual position at the back of the field, then started to move at thre three-eighths pole, breezed through the stretch and hit the wire perhaps three inches in front of the second-place horse. Great ride, and great work by CVF trainer Bruce Brown getting Metrology ready off a long layoff.
Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old gelding Bishop of Nola makes his second start off a winter layoff in the 8th race at Belmont on Saturday, June 25th. It’s a mile and a sixteenth NY-bred N2X allowance on the turf. Javier Castellano, who won on Bishop of Nola last summer at Saratoga, gets the ride for CVF trainer Bruce Brown.
The Castle Village Farm 2011 Spring-Summer Claiming Partnership claimed its first horse on Friday, June 17th, when we took In Just We Trust for $20,000.
In Just We Trust is a four-year-old by Forest Danger, originally purchased at the 2008 Keeneland September sale for $275,000. Owner Ahmed Zayat and trainer Todd Pletcher let him go a year ago, and he’s since been a solid sprinter on the NYRA circuit. Overall, he’s 4-for 20 lifetime, with 14 in-the-money finishes and earnings of over $126,000. CVF trainer Bruce Brown expects to run him in starter and allowance races over the rest of the year.