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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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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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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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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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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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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 h...
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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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