Former CVF Horses (N-Z)

No Bad Habits | Now It’s Personal | Pine Call (Chloe) | Raf and Ready | River Salt | Rigby | Satin Queen | Sea Forty | Seaside Salute | Seneca Falls | Senor Gran | Southern Missile | Storm Magest | Strings and Arrows | Sweetiewheatie | Tactical Gold | Talking Blues | That’ll Do | Through Thicknthin (Babe) | Tom Cat Allie | Ty’s Ridge | Underthemoonlight | Unconcerned | Victory At Last | Warwhatisitgoodfor (Charlie) | Watson I Need You | Weekend Caller | Willfulness

Diane Nelson Up at Aqueduct.

“Flush from our initial success with Flippy Diane, Castle Village Farm claimed No Bad habits at Aqueduct for $25,000 in December, 1999. In 16 months with us, No Bad Habits had a record of on win, one second (in the NY-bred Kings Point Handicap, and three third-place finishes, with total earnings for us of $55,028. He was claimed away in March, 2001, and went on to race another three years, until age eight. At that point his breeder, Margaret Carrothers, claimed him back so she could retire him. As of 2014, he’s living happily on a farm in Florida, much like other New Yorkers who become snowbirds late in life.”

No Bad Habit’s Just
Misses in the King’s Point

No Bad Habit’s Stats
CVF 1999 Partnership
Bay h. 1994 (NY)
Roanoke-Meg’s habit (Crafty Prospector)
Claimed 12/12/1999 for $25,000
Claimed Away 3/7/2001 for $35,000
CVF Record 12-1-1-3 $55,028
Lifetime Record 75-10-13-20 $469,263
Current Status as of January, 2014: Retired, in Florida”




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Pinecall, thoroughbred race horseWe claimed Pinecall, a filly by Family Calling out of the Temperance Hill mare Poupine, at Calder Race Course in Miami in September, 2003, for $12,500. She was our trainer Steve Rydowski’s first horse, and for a while Steve R. was the trainer, exercise rider and groom, while CVF Racing Manager Steve Zorn was her hotwalker. In 19 starts for Castle Village Farm and CVF partner Kathie Long, Pinecall won a maiden race and finished in the money four times.Back in Ontario with Kathie, though, Pinecall, renamed Chloe, found her real talents in the show ring. After some time off, she was retrained at the Michael Grinyer stables and was shown in schooling jumper classes in 2006/2007, ridden by professional rider Heather McInnis. Chloe was leased out to three different riders over the next three seasons, showing in jumper classes on Ontario’s Trillium circuit and consistently winning ribbons. In fact, she qualified for the Trillium championships in 2009.Chloe was matched up with new rider Phoebe Hawkyard in the fall of 2010 and they competed in a winter series of schooling shows, placing in every single class. They won the championship in the amateur 1.10 meter jumpers in their last show. They will be stepping up to the A circuit shows this summer.

Pinecall, thoroughbred race horse

Chloe and her champion ribbons

Pinecall’s Stats
CVF Lord Murphy Partnership
Bay filly 2001
Family Calling-Poupine (Temperence Hill)
Claimed at Calder September, 2003
for $12,500
Race Record : 22-1-2-3 $12,350; CVF Record: 19-1-1-2 $10,100
Current status: show jumper in Ontario with CVF partner Kathie Long

Chloe's New Career


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Algiers, thoroughbred race horseRaf and Ready, a chestnut filly by Raffie’s Majesty, out of the Mt. Livermore mare Double Doubleville, spent her entire racing career with Castle Village Farm. We bought her as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Timonium sale in October, 2003, for $14,000, then sent her to Woodberry Payne’s Ingleside training center, on the grounds of James Madison’s Montpelier estate in Virginia. There she learned the basics, and moved on to trainer Bill Turner’s barn at Belmont.In 17 starts for us, Raf and Ready went through her New York-bred conditions, winning three races, and finishing in the money 12 of 17 times, an excellent 71%! All told, she earned $145,777, more than 10 times her purchase price. Raf and Ready was always a tough competitor, and never stopped trying in her races. At the end of her four-year-old year, we sold Raf and Ready to one of our partners, Joe Lech, who keeps her as a broodmare. So far, she has had two fillies, both so far unraced, a two-year-old by Cape Canaveral and a yearling by King Cugat.

Raf and Ready, thoroughbred race horse

Raf and Ready

Raf and Ready’s Stats
CVF Day Star Partnership
Chestnut filly 2002 (NY)
Raffie’s Majesty-Double Doubleville (Mt. Livermore)
Purchased at Fasig-Tipton Timonium Oct. 2003
for $14,000
CVF Record: 17-3-6-3 $145,777
Current Status: Broodmare, owned by CVF partner Joe Lech

Raf and Ready’s Pedigree

Raf and Ready at Ingleside

Raf and Ready July 06

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Rigby, thoroughbred race horseWe claimed Rigby for $25,000 out of his winning race at Aqueduct on February 6th, 2011. Rigby is a four-year-old chestnut colt by champion sprinter Speightstown out of the Seattle Slew mare Copano Bay, herself a full sister to the multiple Grade 1 winning mare Lakeway. Before we claimed him, Rigby had been running mostly on turf, but we think he’s actually better on dirt, and in fact three of his four lifetime wins (from a total of 11 starts) have come on dirt. Our trainer, Bruce Brown, plans to run Rigby at middle distances (a mile to a mile and a sixteenth), both in dirt races and as a main-track-only entry. In his first race for Castle Village Farm, on Feb. 21st, Rigby came from off the pace to finish 3rd in a $47,000 allowance, just missing the win by less than a length at the wire. He followed that up with a gutsy win in a $42,000 starter allowance on March 25th at Aqueduct. Rigby was temporarily sidelined by a minor infection, but should be racing again at Saratoga.

Rigby, thoroughbred race horse

Rigby at the Barn

CVF 2011 Claiming Partnership
Chestnut colt 2007 (KY)
By Speightstown Copano Bay (Seattle Slew)
Claimed by CVF 2/6/2011 for $25,000
Lifetime Record 12-5-0-1 $110,043
CVF Record: 2-1-0-1 $29,900

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Bishop of Nola, thoroughbred race horse

Rigby in the Aqueduct Paddock

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Seaside Salute, thoroughbred race horse

Seaside Salute, thoroughbred race horse

Seaside Salute

CVF Aristides Partnership
Gr./ro. Gelding 2001 (NY)
Sea Salute-Love Tunnel (Mining)
Purchased at Ocala Breeders Sales Co. Apr. 2003 for $17,000
CVF Record: 21-4-4-2 $153,514
Current Status: Retired from racing, sold as hunter-jumper prospect
Race record for CVF: 22-4-4-2, $153,664

Seaside Salute’s Pedigree

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Algiers, thoroughbred race horseSeneca Falls was the first horse that we ever purchased at an auction sale. We got her at the Ocala Breeders Sales Co. April sale in 2000, not too long after Castle Village Farm had gotten off to a great start with our first claim, Flippy Diane. We named her in honor of the upstate town that was the birthplace of the women’s suffrage movement in the 19th century.Seneca started her racing career for us in December of her two-year-old year, and ran a total of 10 times for Castle Village Farm, with two wins and three second-place finishes, before she was claimed away in February, 2002. She went on to race for a variety of trainers over the next few years, until we saw her entered for a bottom-level claiming price at Philadelphia Park and arranged to have her claimed and retired.Since leaving the race track in 2006, Seneca has been part of breeder Kathy Machesky’s broodmare band in Florida. She has three foals, a three-year old colt and a two-year-old colt, both by Sweetsouthernsaint, and a yearling colt by Fire Slam. The three-year-old, Sweetsouthernman, won his maiden at Calder in July, 2010.

Seneca Falls, thoroughbred race horse

Seneca and baby 2008

Seneca Falls’ Stats
CVF Snowbird Partnership
Bay filly 1998
Boundary-Damie’s Sis (Sunny Clime)
Purchased at OBS April Sale, 2000 for $17,000
Claimed Away 2/21/02 for $20,000
CVF Race Record: 10-2-3-0 $37,080
Lifetime Race Record: 38-8-10-3 $127,669
Claimed back for $4,000 in order to retire her, 2006
Currently a broodmare on Kathy Machesky’s farm near Ocala FL

Seneca Falls Racing at Aqueduct

Senaca Falls on the track at Aqueduct

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Strings and Arrows, thoroughbred race horse

We bought Strings and Arrows, a New York-bred colt by Bowman’s Band out of the stakes-producing mare Herb’s Prospect, at the Timonium yearling sale in 2007. We had great hopes for him, based on his physical appearance and his pedigree; his half-brother, Good Prospect, was stakes-placed as a three-year-old for trainer Leah Gyarmati, who also trained Strings and Arrows for us. But, early in his own three-year-old season, Strings and Arrows suffered a sesamoid fracture. While the fracture was repaired, he just wasn’t the same when he returned to the races, and, after a second injury, our partners decided to retire him. We were fortunate to have NYRA track veterinarian, Dr. Kirsten Pastir, agree to take on Strings and Arrows for retraining as a hunter/jumper prospect.

Strings and Arrows, thoroughbred race horse

Strings and Arrows

Strings and Arrows’ Stats
CVF Manuel Partnership
Chestnut Colt 2006 (NY)
By Bowman’s Band Herb’s Prospect (Claim)
Purchased at Fasig-Tipton Timonium yearling sale
September 2007 for $23,000
Retired 2010, with Dr. Kirsten Pastir in upstate New York
CVF Record: 9-0-1-2 $13,713

Strings and Arrows’ Pedigree

Strings and Arrows

Strings and Arrows training for a new career

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Sweetiewheatie, thoroughbred race horse

Sweetiewheatie, thoroughbred race horse


CVF Sir Barton Partnership
Dk. Bay or brown gelding 2002 (FL)
Wheaton-Top Lady (Top Account)
Claimed at Belmont 5/21/06 for $35,000
Claimed Away December, 2006
Race record for CVF: 10-1-0-3, $44,475

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Tactical Gold, thoroughbred race horse

Tactical Gold, thoroughbred race horse

Tactical Gold

Tactical Gold’ Stats
CVF 2007 Claiming Partnership
Bay horse 2001 (KY)
Tactical Cat-Party Line (Cox’s Ridge)
Claimed September 7, 2007 for $25,000

Tactical Gold’s Pedigree

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Talking Blues, thoroughbred race horse

We purchased Talking Blues as a yearling in 2007 and promptly sent him to trainer Jim Crupi’s farm in Ocala, Florida, where he absorbed lots of sunlight, calcium and good food, growing into a very good looking race horse. He had three second-place finishes for us in 2009. On his fourth birthday, January 1st, 2010, Talking Blues won a maiden race at Aqueduct, cruising home 5 1/2 lengths ahead of the field. That was the high point of his racing career, though, and in September, 2010, we decided to retire him. He’s now at Hunter’s Run Farm in Suffolk County, Long Island, waiting to begin his second career as a show horse.

Talking Blues

Talking Blues-Belmont Training Track

Talking Blues’ Stats
CVF Plaudit Partnership
Gray/roan Gelding 2006 (NY)
By Silver Music Time to Chat (Gallant Hour)
Purchased August 2007 for $1,000
CVF Record: 11-1-3-0 $22,265
Training as a hunter jumper in upstate New York

Talking Blues’ Pedigree

Talking Blues, thoroughbred race horse, in the paddock

Talking Blues Out of the Gate

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Throughthickandthin, thoroughbred race horseWe claimed Through Thicknthin at Woodbine, in Toronto, in June, 2006, to replace the previous horse in our Woodbine Partnership, Doubly Hard, who had been claimed away earlier that year. TnT, a bay Ontario-bred filly by Malibu Moon out of Coming Out by Mt. Livermore, ran a dozen times for our enthusiastic Canadian partners, scoring three wins and two thirds.We retired Through Thicknthin at the end of the 2007 racing, renamed her Babe, and CVF partners Kathie Long and Jean Zorn supported her through her retraining at the Michael Grinyer Stables. Babe was shown in schooling level jumper classes by professional rider Heather McInnis in 2008 and 2009, and then was leased out for the 2010 season and shown in a low amateur division. Because of her young (for the show ring) age we have just recently tried her over larger fences. She has jumped a course of 4’9″ already, and that’s as high as the fences went at that show. This year she will be shown on the A circuit with Carra Ballantyne. Carra has ridden her whole life and has spent the past two years riding and working for professional rider Rob Carrey.

Throughthickandthin, thoroughbred race horse

Babe With Kathie

Pinecall’s Stats
CVF Woodbine Partnership
Bay filly 2003 (Ont.)
Malibu Moon-Coming Out (Mt. Livermore)
Claimed at Woodbine June 2006
for $20,000
Race Record : 18-4-2-2 $59,347
Current status: show jumper in Ontario with CVF partner Kathie Long

Babe Over Fences

Babe Over Fences

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Steve discusses strategy with Tom Cat Allie

Tom Cat Allie’s Stats
CVF 2010-11 Fall-Winter Claiming Partnership
Chestnut gelding 2008 (KY)
Albert the Great-Sunbeam Music (Fly So Free)
Claimed 3/29/2012 for $25,000
CVF record: 9-1-0-0 $19,193
Claimed away 9/3/2012
Lifetime record (as of 10/31/2012): 22-4-2-4 $80,776

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Moongirl and Steve Moongirl and Steve


Castle Village Farm’s 2013 Claiming Partnership purchased Underthemoonlight, a two-year-old New York-bred filly, at the end of May, 2013. We bought her privately from our old friend and colleague Woodberry Payne, at whose Ingleside Training Center in Virginia our good horses Introspect and Just Zip It received their basic training.Underthemoonlight is a daughter of the A. P. Indy-line sire Golden Missile, out of the Yonaguska mare Yon Van Dance.

Her female family includes four New York stakes winners, as well as a number of other highly successful horses.Underthemoonlight made her racing debut on November 1st, finishing 2nd in a NY-bred maiden special event at Aqueduct, then came back on November 29th and won with a determined stretch drive. She had a tough trip in her first try in allowance company in January, but still managed to pick up a check, finishing 4th. On March 28th, she finished 3rd in a NY-bred allowance. Underthemoonlight returned to the races and was eventually claimed away on June 26, 2015

Underthemoonlight’s Stats: CVF 2013 Two-Year-Old Partnership
Bay Filly 2011 (NY)
Golden Missile-Yon Van Dance (Yonaguska)
Purchased privately 5/31/13 for $15,000

Claimed away 6/26/15 for $25,000

CVF & Lifetime Record 12-1-4-2 $86,135
As of 7/1/15

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Victory At Last

Victory at Last at home in Bruce Brown’s Barn (Jean Zorn photo)

We claimed Victory at Last, a five-year-old New York-bred bay mare by Victory Gallop out of Nicoise by Cape Town, for $14,000 from a NY-bred allowance/optional claimer at Belmont on October 12, 2012.

Victory at Last replaced the CVF 2012 Claiming Partnership’s first horse, Crown the Chief, whom we claimed on July 28th and who was in turn claimed away from us in his second start in our colors, on September 1st. Under trainer Bruce Brown’s care, Victory at Last started slowly, finishing out of the money in her first try for us, but then turned in a strong second on New Year’s day, 2013 and followed up just 10 days later by winning going away on January 11th. In her next race, February 3rd, she suffered under a bad ride by apprentice Keibar Coa, was blocked on the turn and finished out of the money. She was claimed away out of that race.

CVF 2012 Claiming Partnership
Bay mare 2008 (NY)

Victory Gallop-Nicoise (Cape Town)

Claimed 10/12/2012 for $14,000
CVF Record: 4-1-1-0 $20,900

Claimed away 2/3/2013 for $14,000
Lifetime (as of 2/3/2013): 24-5-3-4, $143,326

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