Former Race Horses (A-M)

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.

Algiers’ Stats
CVF Halma Partnership
Bay colt 2005 (NY)
Tomorrows Cat-Kawajlain (Claramount)
Purchased at Fasig-Tipton Timonium May 2007
for $20,000
Race Record (all with CVF): 14-1-2-2 $22,307
Retired, pleasure horse in upstate New York with CVF partner Tom ZyraAlgiers Visiting With Friends


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.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.

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.


Bagavond’s Stats
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

Bagavond jogging at Saratoga

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 at Saratoga, John Velazquez Up

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


Robin fighting to the wire

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.

Robin Ponying

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.

Candooz’s Stats

CVF 2001 Partnership
Bay filly (NY) 2000
Candy Stripes-Bafooz (Clever Trick)
CVF & lifetime record 11-0-0-0 $4,443
Deceased, 2014

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.