Castle Gandolfo, who shuttled to Haras Mocito Guapo in Chile, died Sept. 5 in a breeding shed accident.
Walmac International's first-year sire Castle Gandolfo has arrived in Chile for the 2004 Southern Hemisphere breeding season at Haras Mocito Guapo.
Castle Gandolfo, a group III stakes winner who was also twice group I stakes placed, will enter stud this year at John T.L. Jones' Walmac International near Lexington. He will stand for $6,000.
Light on experience but with a pedigree for the race, Sulamani takes the Prix du Jockey Club at Chantilly.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien entered four horses to run in Sunday's Prix du Jockey Club -- French Derby (Fr-I) at Chantilly, including Kentucky Derby (gr. I) participant Castle Gandolfo and Black Sam Bellamy, a full brother of Epsom and Irish Derby winner Galileo.
Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo, the respective eighth- and 12th-place finishers in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, left Churchill Downs early Sunday morning to be flown back to Ireland.
Trainer Aidan O'Brien's Kentucky Derby hopefuls galloped over the muddy main track at Keeneland Race Course before an audience of media and other spectators.
With Dupont's desperate nose-length win in Wednesday's Premio Parioli--Italian Two Thousand Guineas at the Campanelle, both the second- and third-place finishers from the Fosters-International Trial Stakes have returned to post a victory in their next start. The Fosters-International winner Castle Gandolfo will make his next start in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
Johannesburg and Castle Gandolfo finally arrived in Kentucky on Tuesday. The horses stepped off a chartered plane and on to a partitioned ramp at Blue Grass Airport about 6:10 p.m. EDT, and were immediately loaded into a horse van for the short drive to a quarantine barn at Keeneland.
One sign that this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) is a wide-open affair is that an Italian group II race may have some impact on how handicappers decipher the race. Dupont, third to Kentucky Derby hopeful Castle Gandolfo, will make his next start in Wednesday's Premio Parioli--Italian Two Thousand Guineas (Ity-II).
The Aidan O'Brien-trained duo of Johannesburg and Castle Gandola will arrive in Lexington, Ky. around 5:10 p.m. (ET) Tuesday and will undergo quarantine for 48 hours at Keeneland Racecourse.
Jockey Jerry Bailey may ride either of Coolmore's two Kentucky Derby candidates, according to a report in the Irish Times.
Time is running out for this year's Derby picture to come into focus. Heavy hitters Came Home, Repent, and Johannesburg are in the books, but the questions continue.
- By Steve Haskin
Any questions regarding Castle Gandolfo's ability to handle the dirt were answered Saturday, as the son of Gone West drew off to a decisive 2 1/2-length victory in the Fosters-International Trial Stakes over the all-weather polytrack surface at Lingfield.
Mrs. John Magnier's Castle Gandolfo raced four-wide while in fifth-place heading into the stretch before rallying under Michael Kinane to win the Fosters-International Trial Stakes on the all-weather course at Lingfield Saturday.
With the ground at the Curragh drying up after a several days of beautiful weather, plans for Johannesburg are now to run in the seven-furlong Gladness Stakes on Sunday, as originally planned.
Johannesburg will not be lacking for company in Saturday's Fosters-International Trial Stakes on the all-weather track at Lingfield, England. Seventeen 3-year-olds, including seven trained by Aidan O'Brien, have been entered for the one-mile race,.
We all know about the Coolmore group's Johannesburg and Mayakovsky, and the obstacles they have to overcome. But what do we know about Castle Gandolfo?
Johannesburg, who is scheduled to run in a one-mile dirt race at Lingfield on April 6 as his only prep for the Kentucky Derby, was shipped to England for a work over the track Tuesday and went 6 furlongs in 1:12, according to trainer Aidan O'Brien
Trainer Aidan O'Brien, who got his first Breeders' Cup win this year with Johannesburg in the Juvenile, continued his dominance over European racing when three horses from his stable ran 1-2-3 in Tuesday's Grand Criterium de Saint-Cloud (Fr-I) in Paris, France.
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