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GUCCI FACTOR WINS FIVE HORSE FINISH IN POKER

on 06/17/2019 8:16 AM
Gucci Factor returned to Belmont yesterday, twenty days after his win in the Kingston Stakes to run in the open $300,000 G3 Poker, once again over 8 furlongs on the lawn. Breaking towards the rear, jockey Joel Rosario was in no hurry early along the inside and only got serious with the son of Gio Ponti about three panels out. He swung him out wide and without using the whip got the horse up i...
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GUCCI RETURNS IN FASHION AT BELMONT

on 05/27/2019 9:38 AM
According to plan, Gucci Factor arrived to Belmont's $125,000 Kingston Stakes in style earlier today. Granted the winter off and making his 2019 debut, the son of Gio Ponti lined up in this eight furlong turf test for New York Breds in the very capable hands of Jose Ortiz. Pre-race, handicappers were guessing that this could be a cagey, cat and mouse affair as there wasn't too much sp...
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OUT OF THE CLOUDS SWOOPS TO WIN 2018 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD

on 04/12/2019 9:00 AM
Out of the Clouds wins 2018 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award   Veteran journalists Linda Carroll and David Rosner have been named joint recipients of the 13th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, presented by Castleton Lyons. The winners were announced at an evening reception on April 10th in the Ryan family’s historic Castleton Lyons stallion barn, near Lexington, Kentucky. Carroll and...
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AND THEN THERE WERE 3, FOR DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD

on 03/29/2019 12:39 PM
Finalists announced for 2018 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award   A trio of finalists have been selected from a strong and diverse slate of entries for the 13th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. These include a collection of fictional stories; a journal chronicling a year-in-the-life of a young jockey; and an historical biography of a great American racehorse. Though very different in subst...
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AMERICA'S TALE HAS INSIDE INFORMATION

on 03/17/2019 11:05 AM
The four-year-old filly America's Tale, displayed a new dimension to her running style with a victory in yesterday's G2 Inside Information Stakes at Gulfstream. Normally she likes to boss opponents but was ridden here with more restraint racing close up in 4th and 3rd early. Jockey Paco Lopez brought the Bernie Flint trained filly outside to take on Razorback Lady who was trying t...
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2018 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award finalists announced

on 03/14/2019 9:25 AM
Semifinalists announced for Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Six semifinalists for the 13th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award have been selected by a panel of industry judges. A brainchild of the late Dr. Tony Ryan, the competition is open to any literary genre of book length, ranging from fictional story-telling to reality-based journalism. The only stipulations since the award’s 2006 inception ...
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CERSEI LORDS IT AT OBS!

on 03/13/2019 10:52 AM
A Justin Phillip juvenile colt out of the Malibu Moon mare Cersei, a resident of Castleton farm, sold for $550,000 in yesterday's opening session of the OBS March Breeze Up Sale. Consigned by Hoppel's Horse & Cattle Co., Inc., Agent, hip 81 had breezed an eighth in a most impressive 9.4 during the under tack show. Ben McElroy in company with trainer Simon Callaghan, landed the c...
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THOMOND PARK GAINS DIPLOMA

on 01/07/2019 4:05 PM
Castleton homebred Thomond Park, broke his maiden at Tampa on January 6th with a professional showing in an 8 1/2 furlong event on the turf. Denied a recent run at the Florida venue owing to inclement weather, the son of Giant's Causeway won here on this, his third start under leading local jockey Samy Camacho. Breaking sharply Samy had the colt in second position for much of the rac...
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AMERICA'S TALE A COMMANDING STORY IN THE TIFFANY LASS

on 12/27/2018 3:46 PM
America's Tale, a sophomore filly by Gio Ponti won her second stake in a row yesterday, the Tiffany Lass at the Fair Grounds. Breaking on top, under jockey Brian Hernandez over this extended mile, she quickly put daylight between her foes and charged to a five length victory at the wire. This was a very good performance by the Bernie Flint trained filly as she bested older fillies and is only ...
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MISS TECHNICALITY SIX LENGTHS TO THE GOOD

on 09/02/2018 11:36 AM
Miss Technicality, a juvenile daughter of Gio Ponti followed up a maiden score at Belmont last July with an easy win in the $400,000 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies Stakes over 8-furlongs at Kentucky Downs on Saturday. Ridden with supreme confidence by Julien Leparoux, she rewarded favorite backers here as she bided her time early and swung out wide in the straight to score by an easy six at the w...
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MAGICAL DOMINATION OF KILBOY ESTATE STAKES

on 07/23/2018 4:52 PM
Magical, a three year old daughter of Galileo, put up one of the best performances of the year in her division when winning the Kilboy Estate Stakes at the Curragh yesterday. Sponsored by our sister farm, Kilboy Estate in Nenagh, County Tipperary, the G2 event over 9 furlongs has a good history with many victors going on to excel at the highest level including Alexander Tango, Tannery and Dan...
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GUCCI IN STYLE AGAIN

on 07/11/2018 9:00 PM
Gucci Factor reappeared after just a two week break to win another course and distance allowance at Belmont earlier today. Joel Rosario was content to sit mid-division on the New York bred Gio Ponti through the early stages of the 8 1/2 furlong turf contest as a blistering pace was set from the outset. With impeccable timing, Joel produced Gucci Factor, while angling five wide as they came in...
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UP THE ANTE RAISES THE STAKES IN THE MANILA AT BELMONT

on 07/04/2018 9:25 PM
  Castleton homebred Up the Ante easily captured the $100,000 Manila Stakes at Belmont on July 4th. Racing over his favored firm track the colt was expertly handled by Javier Castellano over the 8-furlong trip breaking best of all and staying there to comfortably repel all challengers by a generous 3 1/2 lengths at the line. Typical for his trainer Christophe Clement, the three ye...
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IT'S SAFE TO SAY SHE'S A GOOD JUSTIN PHILLIP

on 07/01/2018 9:10 PM
Mark Casse's filly Safe to Say, a three year old daughter of Justin Phillip, prevailed in a tight finish to claim the second leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara on July 1st. The CAN$225,00 Bison City Stakes was run at Woodbine over 8 1/2 furlongs of their Tapeta surface and Safe to Say entered into this off a good third place in the G3 Selene over course and distance in May. Settled in ...
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$275,000 JUSTIN PINHOOK NOT A WIND UP

on 05/23/2018 9:21 AM
Last night at the concluding session of the Midlantic Two-year-olds in training sale in Maryland, hip 370, the Justin Phillip colt out of Miss Wined Up provided a great pinhook score for Victor Centeno who turned a $6,000 investment into a $275,000 score in about eighteen months. The chesnut, out of a half-sister to G3 winner Midnight Hawk was consigned by Top Line Sales and purchas...
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QUICK FIRE DOUBLE FOR CASTLETON WITH PONTI SCHEME

on 05/14/2018 8:13 AM
Christophe Clement's stable and the Castleton colors are in great form as summer arrives throughout the country. Up the Ante was smooth on the lawn at Belmont last Thursday and Ponti Scheme remained unbeaten with a grassy score at Gulfstream yesterday. The Gio Ponti homebred four-year-old filly was very well handled by Nik Juarez, one of the leading riders on this circuit. Nik rode the pe...
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UP THE ANTE IN FRONT AT BELMONT

on 05/10/2018 3:11 PM
Castleton homebred Up the Ante, made just about all the running earlier today in an allowance at Belmont. Returning to a firm lawn here, the sophomore colt broke well for pilot Joel Rosario who had him three wide early, but once they cleared the chute he poked his head in front and stayed there to take the eight furlong contest by an eased down 3 1/4 lengths. Trainer Christophe Clement was very ha...
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SASSCER HILL SCOOPS 2017 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD

on 04/19/2018 10:22 PM
Sasscer Hill wins Book Award     Lynda Sasscer Hill has been named winner of the 12th Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award for her mystery novel Flamingo Road. The announcement was made during an April 19 evening reception at the Ryan family’s Castleton Lyons, near Lexington, Kentucky.   The author, a former amateur steeplechase jockey who writes under the name Sasscer Hi...
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THREE MYSTERY FINALISTS FOR 2017 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD

on 03/27/2018 8:55 AM
    Book Award Finalists     Fiction ruled the day in 2017, with all three finalists for the 12th annual Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award falling into that category. This is the first time since the award’s inception in 2006 where works of imagination swept all of the top spots—among semi-finalists as well as finalists. In the five previous years combined, on...
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2017 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award semi-finalists announced

on 03/09/2018 11:02 AM
Book Award Semi-finalists     Castleton Lyons has announced the names of five semi-finalist titles competing for the 2017 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award. For the first time in the $10,000 award’s 12-year history, every honoree is a work of fiction. Since its inception, only two novels have won—Jaimy Gordon’s Lord of Misrule in 2010, which also took home the prestig...
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