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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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YOU CAN'T CATCH ME - JUSTIN PHILLIP FIRST WINNER

on 06/02/2017 4:19 PM
What a Catch, a colt from the first crop of Justin Phillip made a winning debut today in a 5-furlong maiden at Belmont. The juvenile missed the break a little, but was rousted along by John Velazquez to get in good early contention. He then took over rounding the turn to register a very easy 5 1/2 length win over fellow New York breds. The colt was bred by Castleton and was a $265,000 graduat...
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BLOOD HORSE CHRONICLES CASTLETON BRED GORMLEY

on 04/30/2017 10:15 AM
Castleton Lyons Gets First Derby Starter as Breeder by Eric Mitchell  Date Posted: 4/28/2017 7:39:00 PM   Gormley will soon occupy a high-profile place in the history of Castleton Lyons as the first Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) starter produced by the Ryan family's international operation. The multiple grade 1-winning colt owned by Jerry and Ann Moss i...
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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 2:20 PM
Gormley, a Castleton bred colt by Malibu Moon out of farm resident mare Race to Urga, stomed 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 to bravely grind out the victory out-staying Battle of Midway and Royal Mo ...
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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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