Former CVF Horses (A-M)
Act As If | Adverse | Afternoon Treat | Algiers | All Net Joe | Alston Gunter | Angel Dancer | Bad Gambler | Bagavond | Bishop of Nola | Brave Sir Robin | Candooz | Carolina Fuego | Cinnamon Light | Credit Gal | Christening | Crown the Chief | CV Danny Boy | Diligent Gambler | Doubly Hard | Expecting Cash | Fighting Speedy | Fiscal Stimulus | Flip de Lite | Flippy Diane | Gin Dandy | Good Law | Highland Cat | Hero Figure | Hunter’s Tale | Iguazu | Inthejailhousenow | Introspect | Irish Weekend | Island City | JC’s Lady | Just Zip It | Key On Richie | Kissin the Breeze | Little Rich | Love Mert | Luminous Lady | Megalithic | Metrology | Mintage
Act As If’s Stats
CVF MacBeth Partnership
Gr./ro. Filly 2003 (KY)
Smoke Glacken-Miss Actress (Mr. Cockatoo)
Claimed at Belmont 5/12/06 for $35,000
Our 2012 Claiming Partnership’s second horse was Afternoon Treat, a six-year-old
New Jersey-bred gelding by Dance With Ravens out of Broad Exchange by Broad
Brush. We claimed him for $12,500 from a race at Aqueduct on March 16th,
2013, where he finished a strong second.
Afternoon Treat replaced this partnership’s previous horse, Victory at Last, who
won for us in February and was then claimed away in her next start.
Afternoon Treat ran three times for us, running out of the money in two starts at Belmont, then finishing a strong 3rd, against a powerful speed bias, at Monmouth on June 16th, 2013. He was claimed out of that race, so the partnership headed back to the claim box.
Afternoon Treat’s Stats
CVF 2012 Claiming Partnership
Bay gelding 2007 (NJ)
Dance With Ravens – Broad Exchange (Broad Brush)
Claimed 3/16/2013 for $12,5000
Claimed away 6/16/2013 for $10,000
CVF Record: 3-0-0-1 $5,480
Lifetime (as of 6/16/2013): 42-5-12-11, $316,584
We bought Algiers at the Fasig-Tipton Timonium sale of two-year-olds in training in May, 2007 for $20,000. The bay son of Tomorrow’s Cat (out of Kawajlain by Claramount) made it to the races that fall, then went on to race 13 times for us as a three-year-old, first at Aqueduct and Belmont for Bill Turner, then at Finger Lakes for Mary Coffey. Along the way, he picked up a win, two seconds and two thirds, for total earnings of $22,307. At the end of his three-year-old year, we decided it was time for a second career for Algiers, and with the help of the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Programand CVF partner Tom Zyra, we’ve found a new home for him, as a riding horse, in western New York.
CVF Halma Partnership
Bay colt 2005 (NY)
Tomorrows Cat-Kawajlain (Claramount)
Purchased at Fasig-Tipton Timonium May 2007
Race Record (all with CVF): 14-1-2-2 $22,307
Retired, pleasure horse in upstate New York with CVF partner Tom Zyra
Our 2010-11 Fall-Winter Claiming Partnership’s final horse was Alston Gunter, a six-year-old Maryland-bred gelding by Great Notion out of Kathleen H. by Rollicking. We claimed him for $16,000 from a race at Aqueduct on February 22nd, 2013, where he finished a strong second.
Alston Gunter replaced this partnership’s previous horse, Tom Cat Allie, who was claimed away from us at PARX on September 3, 2012. In six races for us, Alston Gunter failed to replicate his earlier form. We eventually sent him to trainer Donnie White at PARX near Philadelphia, where he was claimed away by King Leatherbury on September 24, 2013, terminating the partnership.
CVF 2010-11 Fall-Winter Claiming Partnership
Dark bay or brown gelding 2007 (MD)
Great Notion-Kathleen H. (Rollicking)
Claimed 2/22/2013 for $16,000
CVF Record: 6-0-0-1 $4,460
Lifetime (as of 12/1/2013): 38-10-9-1, $207,758
Bagavond was a very fast turf sprinter who won a race for us each year from 2006 through 2009, all four of the wins at Belmont. When the aches and pains of racing caught up with him in 2010, we retired him to the tender care of our partner, Peggy Rees Smith, who is retraining him for a new career as a riding horse and possibly as a hunter-jumper.
CVF Buchanan Partnership
Bay gelding 2003 (NY)
by Abaginone-Stylish Aristocrat (Groovy)
Purchased May, 2005 for $42,000
CVF Record: 27-4-3-2 $154,506
Retired 2010 to the care of CVF Partner Peggy Rees Smith
We claimed Bishop of Nola for $25,000 from his winning race at Saratoga on July 30th, 2010. He’s a dark brown three-year-old gelding by multiple Grade 1 winner Devil His Due, out of the Forty Niner mare Via Mizner. And he’s a New York-bred, who still had his state-bred allowance conditions available when we claimed him. Bishop of Nola won the race that we claimed him from, which brought his lifetime record to two wins, three seconds and a third from 11 starts, with earnings of just over $70,000. Then, just two weeks later, in his first start in our colors, he led all the way in a NY-bred allowance at Saratoga, drawing off to win by 5 1/2 lengths. In three tries at the tougher N2X condition, Bishop of Nola had a second (by inches!) and a third. We gave him a winter break, and he returned to the races on May 27th at Belmont, with a 3rd in a NY-bred N2X allowance, then followed that up with a wire-to-wire win in a NY-bred turf allowance on June 25th. He’ll soon be returning to his favorite track, Saratoga, where he won twice last year.
CVF 2010 Claiming Partnership
Bishop of Nola’s Stats
CVF 2010 Claiming Partnership
Dark bay or brown gelding 2007 (NY)
Devil His Due-Via Mizner (Forty Niner)
Claimed 7/30/2010 for $25,000
CVF Record: 9-2-1-3 $81,390
Claimed away 9/11/2011
Lifetime record (as of 10/31/2012): 34-7-4-5 $180,803
Brave Sir Robin, a bay gelding by Runaway Groom out of the English mare Brave Hearted, by Dancing Brave, was a tough, gritty competitor for us in the NY-bred ranks. We purchased him at the 2003 Saratoga sale of NY-bred yearlings, and he won a race for us each year as a three-, four- and five-year-old, earning over $150,000 in the process and averaging more than a dozen starts a year. The highlight of his career was winning a NY-bred allowance in December, 2006, finishing just ahead of his Castle Village Farm entry mate, Unconcerned. We retired him at the beginning of 2008 when he injured a sesamoid, and were able to give him a year off to recover, thanks to the generosity of John Hettinger’s Akindale Farm. Brave Sir Robin is today happily ensconced at Akindale, receiving lots of acre and attention and the occasional ride.
Brave Sir Robin’s Stats
CVF Baden-Baden Partnership
Bay gelding 2002 (NY)
Runaway Groom – Brave Hearted (Dancing Brave)
Purchased at the Fasig-Tipton 2003 Saratoga yearling sale for $28,000
Race record (all with CVF): 39-3-6-6 $151,479
Currently: stable pony for trainer Bobbi Rossi at Belmont
We bought Candooz as a yearling at the 2001 Timonium yearling sale, together with our stakes-winning colt Introspect. Unlike Introspect, Candooz never had much success on the race track, running 11 times without winning. Finally, at Saratoga in the summer of 2004, she told us in no uncertain terms that she didn’t want to continue in that line of work.
Fortunately, our partner Debi Kral offered Candooz a home, on Debi’s farm in the Hudson Valley. There, Candooz enjoyed a very happy retirement, making friends with Debi’s other horses and with Debi and generally enjoying life.
In February, 2014, much too soon, Candooz suffered a severe case of colic and had to be euthanized. Debi and the rest of us will miss her.
CVF 2001 Partnership
Bay filly (NY) 2000
Candy Stripes-Bafooz (Clever Trick)
CVF & lifetime record 11-0-0-0 $4,443
It’s not often that a claiming horse gets to be stakes-placed, but Carolina Fuego did that for us in 2007, when she finished second in the Delaware Certified Distaff Stakes, in only her third start for Castle Village Farm. All told, in the slightly more than two years that we owned her, Carolina Fuego had a win plus six seconds and six third-place finishes. We lost her to a claim at Monmouth in the summer of 2009, and she was subsequently claimed again. She ran through the 2010 racing season in New Jersey, then was retired.
Carolina Fuego’s Stats
CVF Chant Partnership
Chestnut mare 2004 (KY)
Stephen Got Even – Sweet Carolina (Deputy Minister)
Claimed 2007 for $40,000
Lifetime Record: 36-5-9-7 $190,385
CVF Record: 24-1-6-6 $72,519
2nd Delaware Certified Distaff Stks. (DEL)
Claimed away 2009; retired 2010.
CVF Leonatus Partnership
Dk. Bay or br. Filly 2003 (KY)
Vicar-Birthright (Belong to Me)
Purchased at Keeneland September 2004 for $40,000
Crown the Chief’s Stats
CVF 2012 Claiming Partnership
Dark bay or brown gelding 2006 (KY)
Chief Seattle-Crown Jewel (Regal Search)
Claimed 7/28/12 for $20,000
CVF Record: 2-0-0-0 $1,678
Claimed away 9/1/2012
Lifetime record (as of 10/31/2012: 36-4-10-8 $204,451
Diligent Gambler is the winningest horse ever for Castle Village Farm, and one of the toughest. We claimed him at Saratoga in 2004 for only $35,000. In the next two and a half years, he ran 28 times for us, winning eight races, with seven seconds and eight third-place finishes, earning more than $236,000. Along the way, Diligent Gambler was honored as the 2004 Florida-Bred Claimer of the Year. And he was stakes-placed, finishing third in the Coyote Lakes Stakes at Aqueduct. After he was claimed away from us in February, 2007, we kept an eye on Diligent Gambler and were able to buy him back from his new owner, so that we could guarantee him a good retirement. After some time off to recover from the rigors of racing, Diligent Gambler returned to trainer Leah Gyarmati’s barn, this time as her stable pony. He loved having Leah riding him out to the track every day, where he entertained the fans and showed young horses how it’s done on the training track, all the while enjoying his status as the barn’s elder statesman. Alas, Diligent Gambler died much too soon, succumbing to a heart attack while he was in Florida for a much-deserved vacation on January 3rd, 2013.
Diligent Gambler’s Stats
CVF 2004 Claiming Partnership
Gray gelding 2001 (FL)
Diligence – Vegas Lady (Personal Flag)
Claimed 2004 for $35,000
CVF Race Record 28-8-7-8 $236,462
Lifetime Record 44-12-8-10 $365,862
3rd Coyote Lakes Stks. (AQU)
Retired from racing; stable pony for trainer Leah Gyarmati. Deceased 1-3-2013.
Expecting Cash’s Stats
CVF 2010 Saratoga Claiming Partnership
Chestnut colt 2008 (KY)
Littleexpectations-Chenoa (Wild Again)
Claimed 10/19/2011 for $35,000
CVF Record: 2-0-0-1 $5,020
Claimed away 2/11/2012
Lifetime record (as of 10/31/2012): 17-4-2-6 $156,188
Fiscal Stimulus Stats
CVF 2010-11 Fall-Winter Claiming Partnership
Chestnut gelding 2007 (KY)
Roman Ruler-Grab Gingerly (Fred Astaire)
Claimed 10/20/2011 for $25,000
CVF Record: 3-0-0-0 $2,000
Claimed away 1/11/2012
Lifeteime record (as of 10/31/2012): 22-5-5-3 $191,078
Every once in a while, a claim just leaps out at you from the pages of the Daily Racing Form. That was the case with Fighting Speedy. After a couple of good races as a two-year-old in New York, her breeder, Robert Perez, took her to Florida for the winter, even though Fighting Speedy was a New York-bred. And on January 30th, 2005, he put her in at Gulfstream for a $30,000 tag. We snapped her up, waited until the Gulfstream meet ended, then began racing her where she belonged, in New York. That summer, she won an allowance race for us at Saratoga, and she went on to win her N2X NY-bred allowance and two open-company allowances for us, as well as gaining black type with third-place finishes in the Union Avenue Stakes at Saratoga and the Broadway Handicap at Aqueduct. In the 22 races she ran in our silks, Fighting Speedy failed to pick up a check only twice, one of which was the NY-bred championship filly sprint, the Iroquois Handicap. When we dropped her in for a $40,000 optional claiming tag in December, 2006, Gary Contessa claimed her, and she raced on for another two and a half years, though without the success she’d had in trainer Leah Gyarmati’s barn. So, in the spring of 2009, our partners contributed the money to buy her back privately from her last trainer and to arrange for her retirement. Thanks to our friends at the New Vocations Thoroughbred Adoption Program, Fighting Speedy is now enjoying a comfortable post-race life as a broodmare in Kentucky. She lives at Greg Tabler’s farm, was bred to Bluegrass Cat in 2010 and had her first foal, a colt, in January, 2011
Fighting Speedy’s Stats
CVF 2005 Claiming Partnership
Chestnut filly 2002 (NY)
Senor Speedy-Scrapping (Fight Over)
Claimed at Gulfstream 1/30/05 for $30,000
Claimed Away 11/23/06 for $40,000
CVF Race Record: 22-4-7-5, $207,496
Lifetime Race Record: 37-6-10-8 $281,710
3rd: Broadway Hcp., Union Avenue Stks.
Broodmare on Greg Tabler’s farm in Kentucky; delivered a colt in January 2011
Flippy Diane’s Stats
Castle Village Farm racing partnerships really began with Flippy Diane. A number of us had been partners in a nationwide internet-based partnership that had a horse in New York, and when that horse was claimed away, the New York contingent decided to press on separately.We were the very first owners to go with trainer Leah Gyarmati, who was debating between going to law school and staying on the race track, after earning a degree in theology, apprenticing with trainers Allen Jerkens and Mike Hushion, and testing her luck, briefly, as a jockey. With Leah’s help, we looked at a lot of horses for our very first claim and after several months, dropped a $20,000 claim slip for Flippy Diane, who’d already won a maiden special weight and an allowance, and who was returning to the races after a six-month layoff.
Flippy Diane, a Maryland-bred mare by Aaron’s Concorde out of Elegant Edythe (North Sea), never looked back from that claim. In her first race in our new colors, she moved up in class to $40,000 and finished a strong second. Then Leah took her down to Laurel for the Maryland Million Distaff, a $100,000 stakes race, where our rider Diane Nelson (who rode Flippy in every start for Castle Village Farm) took her to the lead and never looked back, giving us our first stakes win in only our second race!
After that, Flippy Diane ran 3rd in an allowance at Aqueduct, then won that allowance next time out, finished 2nd in the Francis Scott Key Stakes back at Laurel, and then 3rd in another Aqueduct allowance. In six starts for us, she never ran out of the money.
After that, though, she began signalling to us that she wasn’t all that interested in racing, which sometimes happens to mares at age six and above, so we retired her, breeding her first to Breeders Cup Sprint winner Lit de Justice and then to Breeders Cup Classic winner Concern, and racing the two resulting foals, Flip de Lite and Unconcerned, both of whom were winners for Castle Village Farm.
Unfortunately, Flippy Diane died foaling an Artax filly, who never raced, in 2007. We miss her every day.
Flippy Diane’s Stats
CVF 1999 Partnership
Gray/roan mare 1994 (Md)
Aaron’s Concorde-Elegant Edythe (North Sea)
CVF Record: 6-2-2-2 $115,740
Lifetime: 23-5-5-4 $202,250
Won Maryland Million Distaff Stakes (1999)
2nd Francis Scott Key Stakes (2000)”
The first horse in our 2010 Claiming Partnership was Good Law, a five-year-old gelding that trainer Bruce Brown claimed for us at Aqueduct on April 7th, 2010, for $25,000. Good Law, a lovely reddish New York-bred, had a lifetime record of 8 wins and a total of 14 in-the-money finishes from 27 starts, with earnings of over $146,000 when we claimed him. In his very first race for us, on May 5th, Good Law prevailed in a tough stretch drive to win a starter allowance at Belmont. He followed that up with a solid second-place finish in a NY-bred allowance/optional claimer, where he was claimed away for the same $25,000 that we paid for him. He earned a healthy return for the partners. In fact, the partners have never paid a cash call, still had money in the bank to claim a new horse (No Bad Habits) and pay the bills, and have already received over 40% of their initial capital back in cash. After a lengthy layoff, Good Law returned to the races in 2011 for his new connections and is currently running in allowance company at Finger Lakes.
Good Law’s Stats
CVF 2010 Claiming Partnership
Chestnut Gelding 2005 (NY)
By Good and Tough-Above Reproach (Crafty Prospector)
Claimed by CVF 4/7/10 for $25,000
Claimed away 6/4/10 for $25,000
CVF Record: 2 starts, 1 win, 1 2nd, $25,000 in earnings
In training at Finger Lakes.
“In partnership with our friends from EQB, Inc., Jeff Seder and Patti Miller, we bought Highland Cat at the 2004 Keneland September yearling sale. He was part of a group of yearlings that we bought with the intention of perhaps keeping one and pinhooking the rest. As it turned out, Highland Cat was the only one that had much success on the race track. He ran 20 times for us, with two win and nine in-the-money finishes. After he was claimed away, in January, 2008, he continued on, racing until 2011, when he was eight years old. Now he’s embarked on a new career, under the guidance of equestrian Logan Bauer in Ohio, learning both dressage and show jumping.”
Highland Cat’s Stats
Gray/roan gelding 2003 (KY)
Tactical Cat-Highland Tide (Highland Blade)
Purchased September 2004 for $35,000
Claimed away 1-1-2008 for $16,000
CVF Record 20-2-3-4 $39,256
Lifetime: 61-7-14-9 $183,957
Currently (January 2014) in training as a show horse in Ohio.
We claimed Hero Figure for $17,500 at Saratoga in August, 2011. He’s a 7-year-old bay New York-bred ridgling by Fusaichi Pegasus out of Miss Winning Sweep by End Sweep.
Hero Figure had two races for us at Belmont in the fall of 2011, then had some bone weakness that led us to give him a long winter vacation. But when he came back to the track early in 2012, he still wasn’t sound enough to get back to the races. So, thanks to the cooperation and generosity of the folks at the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, we retired him and were able to find a home for him to pursue his second career, as a riding horse.
Hero Figure’s Stats
- CVF 2010 Saratoga Claiming Partnership
- Bay ridgling 2006 ((NY)
- Fusaichi Pegasus-Miss Winning Sweep (End Sweep)
- Claimed Saratoga, August 2011 for $17,500
- CVF Record 2-0-0-0 $986
- Lifetime: 14-5-2-1 $74,448
We purchased Iguazu, a beautiful dark brown Virginia-bred colt by the champion sprinter Smoke Glacken, as a two-year-old. His dam, Green Jeans, was a four-time winner on the NYRA racing circuit, and Iguazu’s female family produced several graded-stakes winners.Iguazu made his racing debut for us in November, 2009. After that, he had some growing pains and was turned out on the farm, so he’d have time to mature. He came back to the track, switching to trainer Bruce Brown’s barn at Belmont, in September, 2010, and returned to the races on December 9th, running a strong second in a maiden race at Aqueduct and following up with a strong 3rd on New Year’s Eve. His next time out, in February, 2011, Iguazu got that maiden win. In four tries after that, at the non-winners-of-two-lifetime level, he picked up a check each race. In his final race for us, on May 14th, 2011, Iguazu was claimed away, finishing his CVF career with a courageous third-place finish despite suffering an injury in the race.
CVF Winkfield Partnership
Dark bay or brown gelding 2007 (VA)
By Smoke Glacken-Green Jeans (Green Dancer)
Purchased from breeder Althea Richards, August, 2009
Claimed away 5-14-2011
CVF Record: 8-1-2-2 $28,524
Introspect was simply the best horse Castle Village Farm ever had, at least so far. The son of European turf sprinter In Case and the productive mare Axspect, Introspect was purchased for $15,000 at the 2001 Fasig-Tipton Timonium yearling sale, on the advice of our friend Woodberry Payne. After his basic training at Woodberry’s Ingleside Training Center in Virginia, Introspect came to Bill Turner’s barn at Belmont, where, over six years, he ran 51 times, winning six, and finishing in the money more than 50% of the time.
The highlight of Introspect’s career was winning the Hollie Hughes Handicap at Aqueduct in 2007, at the advanced age of seven, and he twice finished second in the Hudson Handicap at Belmont, the championship sprint race for New York-breds. During occasional winter breaks at Jeff Seder and Patti Miller’s farm in Pennsylvania, he showed himself to be a serious foxhunter, happily leaping stone fences and charging around the countryside.
We lost Introspect to a claim at the end of his seven-year-old season, then watched, dismayed, as he moved down the claiming ladder. Our partners, who didn’t want to see this gallant horse toiling in the lower claiming ranks when he should have been enjoying a well-deserved retirement, contributed enough money to buy him from his then-owner and to board him while he recovered from some racing injuries. Many thanks to our former office manager Jamie Jones, without whom the purchase could not have occurred and who personally cared for Introspect during his recovery. Thanks also to Woodberry Payne, who arranged for Introspect’s retirement home. Today, Introspect is happily serving as a pleasure horse, back in Virginia.
CVF Timonium Partnership
Bay Gelding 2000 (NY)
In Case Axspect (Northern Prospect)
Purchased at Fasig-Tipton Timonium October 2001 for $15,000
CVF Record 51-6-6-14 $380,892
Currently in retirement as a pleasure horse in Virginia
We were lucky to be able to buy one of the last City Zip yearlings bred by New York breeder Gus Schoenborn before he closed his farm. Our filly, Just Zip It, turned out to be very fast. Even though she missed more than a year due to injury, Just Zip It ran 15 times, winning three and finishing in the money 12 times, or 80% of her starts. She was stakes-placed three times, in the Union Avenue, Schenectady and Wandering Cloud Stakes. In every race she ran, she was all heart, trying every inch of the way. When it came time to retire her, we were able to arrange a wonderful home for her with breeder Justine Hughes, on Justine’s broodmare farm in Upperville, Virginia. Just Zip it, though failed to get in foal in 2010 or 2011, so we’re still waiting for her first foal.
Just Zip It’s Stats
CFV Montrose Partnership
Chestnut filly 2004 (NY)
City Zip-Just Regular (Gate Dancer)
Private Purchase 2005 for $25,000
CVF Race Record 15-3-4-5 $156,204
3rd Union Avenue Stks. (SAR), Schenectady Hcp. (BEL), Wandering Cloud Stks. (BEL)
Retired from racing 2009; broodmare in Upperville, VA.
We claimed Megalithic for $20,000 on June 7th, 2012, just a day after Classic R and B, his predecessor in the CVF 2011 Saratoga Claiming Partnership, had been claimed away. Megalithic is a striking four-year-old New York-bred gray gelding by A.P. Warrior out of Filitose by Chief’s Crown. We own an 85% interest in him, and our friends at The Horse Game LLC own the remaining 15%.
One of the big factors in claiming Megalithic is that he still has New York-bred allowance conditions available, and we plan to try him at the allowance level as soon as we can. Following the claim, we sent Megalithic to the farm to recover from a tendon injury. He’s been galloping well at the In-Front Training Center in Ghent, NY, and is due to return to the barn at Belmont in April. With Bruce Brown’s care, we hope he’ll be ready to hit the board in those NY-bred allowances later this Spring.
- CVF 2011 Saratoga Claiming Partnership
- Gray/roan gelding 2008 (NY)
- A.P. Warrior-Filitosa (Chief’s Crown)
- Claimed Belmont, June 2012 for $20,000
- CVF Record 0-0-0-0
- Lifetime (as of 3/31/2013) 12-2-1-2 $65,001
We claimed three-year-old Metrology at Belmont on September 12th, 2010. He’s a bay gelding by Purge out of Victory Thrill, by Victory Gallop. Including the race that we claimed him from, Metrology had a lifetime record of one win and one second from six starts.Bruce Brown trained Metrology for us. In his first race in our colors, on October 16th, 2010, Metrology came flying through the stretch to finish third at Belmont. Then, in his next start, on November 5th, the same closing kick carried him up to second place. Unfortunately, he injured a knee in that race and was sidelined for the winter. In his comeback race, on June 30, 2011, Metrology made a thrilling stretch run under jockey David Cohen to prevail by inches at the wire. He was claimed away from us out of that race, but he gave us plenty of thrills while in our barn.
CVF 2010 Claiming Partnership
Bay gelding (2007)
Purge-Victory Thrill (Victory Gallop)
Claimed by CVF 9/12/2010 for $25,000
CVF Record 3-1-1-1 $22,860
Claimed away June 30, 2011
Lifetime (as of 10/31/2012): 28-6-3-3 $121,248