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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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GIO PONTI NOMINATED AGAIN FOR HALL OF FAME

on 02/22/2018 4:58 PM
Multiple Eclipse Award winner and Castleton homebred Gio Ponti appears on the ballot list for the 2018 Hall of Fame. He is among a stellar group both equine and human including jockeys, Craig Perret, Corey Nakatani and Robby Albarado, trainers Mark Casse, John Shirreffs and David Whiteley and fellow Eclipse winners Blind Luck, Heavenly prize and Havre de Grace. Ballots wil be sent out to...
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WHAT A CATCH NOMINATED TO NY BRED AWARD

on 02/07/2018 2:00 PM
What A Catch, a son of Justin Phillip, has been nominated for an award in the 2017 New York-bred Champion Two-Year-Old Male division. The colt bred by Castleton was a very consistent juvenile last year winning the $100,000 Rockville Center Stakes at Belmont and taking third spot in two other stakes there and at Saratoga. Campaigned by Gary Barber, he was conditioned in all...
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RYONO TESORO WINS CROCUS STAKES IN JAPAN

on 01/29/2018 9:06 AM
Ryono Tesoro, from the first crop of Justin Phillip won Saturday's Crocus Stakes at Tokyo racecourse. This seven-furlong turf event marked the colt's third win in just four starts. Bred by Highland Yard, he was a $300,000 graduate from the Barretts March two-year-old sale last spring, when consigned by Eddie Woods and purchased by Kenji Ryotokuji. The Crocus Stakes carried prizemoney ...
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RUN TIME GETS UP IN TIME FOR ANOTHER GIO PONTI STAKES WINNER

on 12/30/2017 6:00 PM
Run Time came with a late Gio Ponti like run to annex the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes over sixteen furlongs at Gulfstream earlier today. Competing in the colors of owners Bloom Racing stable and Joseph Allen, LLC and trained by Mike Maker, the four-year-old colt followed up an allowance win over nine furlongs at the Hallandale venue to prevail here by a head at the wire. Run Ti...
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RUN TIME GETS UP IN TIME FOR ANOTHER GIO PONTI STAKES WINNER

on 12/30/2017 6:00 PM
Run Time came with a late Gio Ponti like run to annex the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes over sixteen furlongs at Gulfstream earlier today. Competing in the colors of owners Bloom Racing stable and Joseph Allen, LLC and trained by Mike Maker, the four-year-old colt followed up an allowance win over nine furlongs at the Hallandale venue to prevail here by a head at the wire. Run Ti...
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RUN TIME GETS UP IN TIME FOR ANOTHER GIO PONTI STAKES WINNER

on 12/30/2017 6:00 PM
Run Time came with a late Gio Ponti like run to annex the $100,000 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes over sixteen furlongs at Gulfstream earlier today. Competing in the colors of owners Bloom Racing stable and Joseph Allen, LLC and trained by Mike Maker, the four-year-old colt followed up an allowance win over nine furlongs at the Hallandale venue to prevail here by a head at the wire. Run Ti...
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GIO PONTI'S CONTADOR WITH SMOOTH MAIDEN SUCCESS

on 12/29/2017 6:00 PM
Contador, a Gio Ponti son out of Champion Catchascatchcan, broke his maiden earlier at Tampa over 8 1/2 furlongs of their turf track. Breaking quite well for jockey Antonio Gallardo, he saved ground along the rail and when the race began in earnest Antonio didn't panic as he sat behind a wall of horses, swung wide in the straight to relentlessly make ground to win by a half length at the wire....
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ZANOTTI WINS $125,000 QUEENS COUNTY STAKES AT AQUEDUCT

on 12/23/2017 7:00 PM
The admirably consistent Zanotti won the 7th race of his career when successful in the $125,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct, December 23rd, over 9 furlongs on a sloppy main track. Stalking the field and settling in fifth early on the Gio Ponti gelding swung four wide in the stretch and showing a turn of foot like his sire used to, he quickly made ground and got up on time ...
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DREFONG IS BACK WITH STYLE!

on 08/28/2017 9:07 AM
Drefong, Gio Ponti's Eclipse Award winning sprinter from 2016, ran away with the G1 Forego at Saratoga last Saturday. Breaking from the outside jockey Mike Smith quickly gained the lead and never looked back for a stunning gate to wire victory by a geared down 4 lengths. The Champion stopped the clock at 1:21.12 for this prestigious G1 over 7 furlongs, just 2/5 outside the track record. Traine...
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CATCH YOU LATER!

on 07/15/2017 9:01 PM
What a Catch became his sire Justin Phillip's first stakes winner with a wire to wire success in the $100,000 Rockville Centre Stakes over 6-furlongs earlier today at Belmont. Breaking alertly, the Todd Pletcher trainee dueled Morning Breeze for the lead and maintained his position throughout and shrug off that horse's challenges to win by one length at the wire. Byron Hughes, assistant to...
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UPSET BREWING - 1ST STAKES HORSE FOR JUSTIN PHILLIP

on 07/03/2017 11:11 AM
On a night interrupted by severe thunderstorms causing a lengthy delay to the $100,000 Debutante Stakes, Upset Brewing, a maiden making just her second start ran an excellent race in defeat at Churchill on Friday June 30th. The daughter of Justin Phillip, trained by 'Buff' Bradley missed the break in this 6-furlong test and looked beaten early, and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan ha...
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JUSTIN ON AN ISLAND!

on 06/22/2017 7:57 PM
Justin Phillip has another winner, as earlier tonight Baffin easily justified favoritism for trainer Steve Asmussen and owners William and Corinne Heiligbrodt. The Hart Farm bred colt made all in this five furlong test to win the maiden special by an unchallenged 4 3/4 lengths. 
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WOW FACTOR FOR GIO PONTI!

on 06/15/2017 4:29 PM
Gucci Factor, a son of Gio Ponti, running in the Castleton green colors romped home today in a maiden on the main track at Belmont. Breaking on top for Joel Rosario, he maintained his lead throughout the entire race to coast home by 16 lengths over the 8 furlong trip. Trainer Christophe Clement was delighted afterwards as this was his first start since last August and potentially a lucra...
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ANOTHER JUSTIN AIRS

on 06/12/2017 8:49 AM
Philly Baby, making her debut won by an easy five lengths at Emerald Downs last night, becoming the second winner for her freshman sire Justin Phillip. Breaking on top in this 4 1/2 furlong maiden special weight, the filly asserted her authority early and sailed home unopposed. Congratulations to owners One Horse Will Do Corporation and Laurie Jones, trainer Chris Stenslie and breeders Michae...
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