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2016 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD WINNER - ELIZA McGRAW - HERE COMES THE EXTERMINATOR!

on 04/20/2017 9:59 PM
2016 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Winner Announced                                                          &n...
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CASTLETON BRED ARISTOCRATIC AN IMPRESSIVE STAKES WINNER AT SANTA ANITA

on 04/16/2017 10:19 PM
Aristocratic a three-year-old son by Malibu Moon out of Castleton resident mare Ask Me When powered to an easy win in the six-furlong San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita earlier tonight. Kaleem Shah's charge broke alertly for jockey Rafael Bejarano and cruised home by 4 1/2 lengths to stamp him as one of the better sprinters at this stage on the west coast. Prior to this race the colt had run...
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GORMLEY RACES BACK INTO DERBY PICTURE

on 04/09/2017 1:44 PM
Gormley, a Castleton  bred by Malibu Moon out of farm resident mare Race to Urga, stormed back into the Derby picture with a battling performance in the G1 Santa Anita Derby last night. Showing a new dimension, Victor Espinoza was able to rate the colt in behind a fast early pace and made ground into the final turn and bravely grind out the victory out-staying Battle ...
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$300,000 FOR JUSTIN 2-Y-OLD

on 03/30/2017 4:27 AM
Justin Phillip continues to wow buyers at breeze-up sales with his first crop of juveniles as a colt from Eddie Woods's consignment brought $300,000 last night at Barretts Select Sale. Hip 48 out of the Speightstown mare Town Belle had the fastest breeze over a quarter as he zipped around the Del Mar track in 20.3. The colt was knocked down to Kenji Ryotokuji and will race in Japan.
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2016 DR. TONY RYAN FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

on 03/27/2017 12:30 PM
IMMEDIATE RELEASE  March 27, 2017   2016 Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Finalists Announced                                                                                 ...
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$175,000 FOR ANOTHER JUSTIN PHILLIP JUVENILE

on 03/17/2017 9:23 AM
Only the second Justin Phillip to go through the ring as a juvenile once again brings a big price for the first crop stallion, this time at the OBS March Sale. Consigned by Dave Scanlon, hip 615, a colt out of Influenced, breezed an exciting 10.1 on the OBS track a few days ago and was knocked down to Kanayama Holdings for $175,000.
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2016 DR. TONY RYAN BOOK AWARD SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

on 03/17/2017 9:17 AM
Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award Finalists Announced       At eleven years and counting, the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award continues to garner growing interest within the racing and literary communities, with a near-record number of entries for 2016. In addition to quantity, the quality of this year?s submissions was as exceptional as it was diverse?including a broad assortment of histo...
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HALL OF FAME NOMINATION FOR GIO PONTI

on 03/09/2017 10:00 AM
Castleton homebred Champion and resident sire Gio Ponti, is one of eleven finalists on the National Museum of Racing's 2017 Hall of Fame Ballot. The other equine nominees are Goldikova and Kona Gold while the remainder is made up of a mixture of jockeys and trainers, Robby Albarado, Javier Castellano, Victor Espinoza, Garret Gomez, Craig Perret for the pilots, while trainers are represented by Mar...
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CASTLETON GIO PONTI HOMEBRED IN SMOOTH DEBUT

on 03/04/2017 4:43 AM
Earler today, Ponti Scheme a sophomore Gio Ponti filly bred by Castleton Lyons delivered in her first start with a smooth victory in an eight furlong turf maiden at Tampa. With meet leading jockey Daniel Centeno in the irons. she reminded onlookers of her sire as she settled easily towards the rear of the nine strong field and came with a steady run around the bend facing a wall of horses but quic...
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$265,000 FIRST JUSTIN JUVENILE

on 03/02/2017 9:48 AM
An impressive colt from the first crop of Justin Phillip sold for $265,000 at last night's Fasig Tipton Gulfstream Sale. The chesnut, beautifully prepared by Steve Venosa's SGV Thoroughbreds, was hip number 32 out of the Yes It's True mare Catch My Fancy. The dam is a Castleton resident and this colt was sold by Paramount Sales for $90,000 as a yearling last summer. Justin Casse signed the ticket ...
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PERFECT TACO STAKE

on 02/26/2017 4:28 AM
Taco, the three-year-old Gio Ponti colt, made it four wins from as many lifetime starts when winning the Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston last night. The Rose Hill bred started off with two victories at Gulfstream, followed up with another at the Fair Grounds before venturing to black-type company at Sam Houston in Texas. Racing mid-division for much of this 8 1/2 furlong turf test, he made re...
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GIO PONTI'S DREFONG WINS ECLIPSE AWARD

on 01/23/2017 9:25 AM
Drefong won an Eclipse Award for the 2016 Champion Sprinter at the prestigious industry-wide ceremony last Saturday night. Unbeaten in four starts as a sophomore, the son of Gio Ponti easily annexed two allowances at Santa Anita earlier in 2016, before graduating into G1 company in the King's Bishop at Saratoga last August. Drefong was never seriously challenged here as he came home 3 1/4 lengths ...
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DREFONG REIGNS SUPREME IN SPRINT

on 11/07/2016 6:27 AM
Drefong, despite being bumped at the start, muscled his way to the lead early in the $1.5m Twinspires Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Saturday. Trading blows with Masochistic for much of the contest, the Gio Ponti colt got the best of his rival deep stretch, found another gear and stormed home to win by 1 3/4 lengths at the wire. This was an excellent training performance from Bob Baffert a...
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GIO PONTI'S DREFONG, FEATURED IN DAILY RACING FORM

By Mark Simon on 10/28/2016 9:03 AM
Barbara D. Livingston Drefong posted 103 Beyers in his last two wins sprinting.   Gio Ponti had all the qualities an owner wants in a racehorse. He had class, ran a route, could run on any surface – especially turf – and won three Eclipse Awards. So how did he sire a horse such as Drefong, a high-class sprinter on dirt, in his first crop? When Gio Ponti went...
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CASTLETON LYONS FEATURE IN THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS

By Jessica Martini on 10/28/2016 7:41 AM
Shane Ryan & Gio Ponti | Horsephotos   Castleton Lyons, which twice came close to Breeders’ Cup success with champion Gio Ponti, could have its first winner on championship weekend as breeder of GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile contender Gormley (Malibu Moon), while young stallion Gio Ponti could have a Breeders’ Cup winner of his own with GI Spr...
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JUSTIN THE NEWS, PAULICK REPORT FEATURE

By Paulick Report Staff on 10/24/2016 9:35 AM
Equiade Presents In The Stud: Justin Phillip, First Crop Yearlings Of 2016   The Paulick Report is pleased to bring back a new photo/video feature that will run every other week and will spotlight stallions standing in Kentucky. The series, put together by our friends at EquiSport Photos, will feature stallions have either just entered stud in 2016, or stallions that have not yet...
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CASTLETON LYONS BRED GORMLEY WINS G1 FRONTRUNNER

on 10/02/2016 6:40 AM
October 1st, 2016 In just his second start, Gormley a Castleton Lyons bred son of Malibu Moon, out of farm resident Race to Urga, won the G1 FrontRunner for juveniles at Santa Anita earlier today. Sporting the same colors as Zenyatta, the John Shirreffs trained colt made just about all the running here in this 8 1/2 furlong test. Drawing clear in the stretch he was always holding the favorite Kli...
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DREFONG, WIRE TO WIRE IN G1 KETEL ONE KING'S BISHOP!

on 08/29/2016 5:01 AM
August 27, 2016 Drefong broke on top from the widest draw and rolled home an easy 3 1/4 length winner of the G1 King's Bishop at Saratoga this afternoon. The son of Gio Ponti was making his debut in stakes company and made it look easy for owner Charles Chu, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. Never threatened over the seven furlong trip, the colt has now won his last four races by an aggr...
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ANOTHER STAKES WINNER FOR GIO PONTI

on 07/28/2016 12:46 PM
July 28, 2016 Planchart, a three-year-old filly by Gio Ponti out of the Castleton Lyons mare Tarrip, won the Arthur Guinness EBF Corrib Fillies Stakes at Galway earlier today. Racing in the colors of Pat Garvey and trained by Andy Slattery, the filly turned in a resolute performance over the 7 furlong trip. Well placed throughout, she collared the pacemaker Rayisa and drew alongside in the final ...
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DREFONG POSTS 103 BEYER

on 07/15/2016 5:05 AM
July 4, 2016 Baomoa Corporation's Drefong won for fun again at Santa Anita in a 6 1/2 furlong allowance for trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. Settling in second early, the son of Gio Ponti took control leaving the backstretch and cruised home by 5 1/4 lengths under a motionless Smith to improve his record to 3 for 4 lifetime. He earned a Beyer of 103 which currently is the co-highest fig...
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