Since 2009, Bruce Brown has trained all the Castle Village Farm horses. So far, he’s done very well for us, with better than 60% of our horses finishing in the money. We hope that’s a record that goes on forever.
Bruce, who worked for Tim Hills and then for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, went out on his own in 2008 and had a stellar debut year, winning more than 20% of his races. He’s still winning at a very good pace so far in 2013, and has built his barn up to more than 40 horses for a wide variety of owners.
Bruce’s barn is right on the edge of the Belmont training track. Despite his busy mornings at the barn, he’s always willing to take time out to welcome partners at the barn and to share his training insights with them.
Bill Turner trained some of Castle Village Farm’s best horses, including Introspect, Just Zip It, Seaside Salute and Raf and Ready. Bill is perhaps best known as trainer of the Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew. More recently, Bill’s trained the graded-stakes winners Punch Line, Gaviola, Smock and Finery.
What we liked about Bill’s training methods are the care that he devoted to each individual horse, and the patience he displayed in bringing horses to the races only when they were ready. That required patience on our part as well, but in the long run it was better for the horses.
Leah Gyarmati trained many of our successful claiming horses. Leah, who previously worked for Allen Jerkens and Mike Hushion, began her training career with our mare Flippy Diane, whom we claimed for $20,000 and who won the $100,000 Maryland Million Distaff for us in her second start off the claim. More recently, Leah scored her first Grade 1 win when her filly Sweet Reason won the 2013 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga.
Overall, Leah has a very solid record, with 11% wins in her career. Equally important, she understood how Castle Village Farm operated, and wasn’t bothered by having large numbers of owners. Among the successful horses she trained for us are Diligent Gambler, Southern Missile, Fighting Speedy, No Bad Habits, and Storm Magest.