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.
Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old Bishop of Nola placed 3rd in his season debut at Belmont on May 27th, a NY-bred N2X allowance at a mile on the turf.
The race was Bishop of Nola’s first since the end of the turf racing season last fall, and, as usual, he went to the lead early, led to the quarter pole, but was eventually passed by the two race favorites in deep stretch, while fighting back gamely to hold the show spot.
Castle Village Farm’s four-year-old Bishop of Nola tries once again to make his season debut this Friday, May 27th, in the 4th race at Belmont. Bishop of Nola, a turf specialist, has been rained out twice this season already, and the weather forecast for Friday is uncertain, but we’re hoping the race will stay on the grass.
The race is a New York-bred N2X allowance, with a field of seven. David Cohen rides Bishop of Nola for CVF trainer Bruce Brown. Bishop of Nola, breaking from post position three, is likely to have the early lead, and will then need to fend off challenges from stakes winner Gimme Credit (in for the optional $35,000 claiming tag) and Fair Hill shipper Shrimp Dancer.
Castle Village Farm’s Iguazu finished 3rd in Belmont’s 5th race on Saturday, May 14, extending his streak of picking up a check to seven races. Iguazu was claimed out of the race by Marcus Vitali. He ended his Castle Village farm career with a record of one win, two seconds and two thirds from 8 starts, with earnings of $28,524.
In Belmont’s 8th on Saturday, CVF’s Bishop of Nola failed to draw in off the also-eligible list. We’ll be looking at the overnights for a race for him in the near future.
Castle Village Farm’s Iguazu looks like the favorite on Saturday, May 14, in the 5th at Belmont. The race is a $10,000 N2L claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs, and last time out, Iguazu finished 2nd at this level. Leading rider Ramon Dominguez has the mount.
Later in the card, Bishop of Nola is entered for his first race back from a winter layoff. He’s on the also-eligible list for the mile and a sixteenth NY-bred N2X allowance, but has a good chance of drawing in. If he does, regular CVF rider David Cohen will be aboard.