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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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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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