Javier Castellano

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    Javier Castellano
    record at keeneland
    total wins:104
    stakes wins:22
    First Grade 1 Win:
    2001 Gazelle at Belmont Park on Exogenous.
    First Stakes Win:
    1997 Dr. Fager at Calder on Governor Hicks.
    First Graded Stakes Win:
    1998 What a Pleasure (G3) at Calder on Certain.
    First Career Win:
    July 31, 1997, at Calder on Phone Man.
    Born:
    October 23, 1977 in Maracaibo, Venezuela
    Biography:

    At Keeneland (through 2014):

    • Won three stakes during the 2014 Spring Meet: Jenny Wiley (G1) on Hard Not to Like, Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select on Ready to Act and Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) on Unitarian.
    • Won four stakes, all graded, during the 2012 Spring and Fall meets. They included the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on Dayatthespa.
    • Won three stakes during the 2011 Spring Meet: Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) on Get Stormy, Central Bank Ashland (G1) on Lilacs and Lace, and Ben Ali (G3) with Exhi.
    • Won the 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) with Bit of Whimsy.
    • First Keeneland win came during the 2002 Spring Meet.
    • First Keeneland stakes win was the 2002 Stonerside Beaumont (G2) on Proper Gamble.

    Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass (G1):

    Year

    Horse

    Finish

    2014

    Bobby’s Kitten

    12th

    2013

    Balance the Books

    6th

    2012

    Howe Great

    5th

    2006

    Court Folly

    9th

     

    Career:

    • Triple Crown win: 2006 Preakness (G1) with Bernardini.​
    • Breeders’ Cup wins (4):  2014 Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on Dayatthespa; 2013 Juvenile Fillies (G1) on Ria Antonia; 2012 Filly and Mare Turf (G1) aboard Zagora (FR); 2004 Classic (G1) on Ghostzapper (first Breeders' Cup mount).
    • Won the Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey in 2013 and 2014.
    • Reached 4,000 career wins on Feb. 8, 2015, when he rode Captain Stan to victory in the 10th race at Gulfstream Park.
    • Career earnings through 2014 exceed $216 million.
    • North America’s leading rider by earnings in 2014 with $25,056,464 and second by wins with 315. Other Grade 1 wins were the Travers on V. E. Day, Besilu Florida Derby on Constitution and TVG Coaching Club American Oaks on Stopchargingmaria.
    • Leading rider in 2014 at Gulfstream Park, Belmont Park spring meet and Saratoga.
    • North America’s leading rider by earnings in 2013 with a record $26,218,107. Also led all riders by races won during the year with 362.
    • Ranks 13th in all-time North American earnings with more than $202 million through June 2014. Has more than 3,800 career wins.
    • Honored by the Jockeys’ Guild in January 2014 with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award for outstanding achievement among Thoroughbred jockeys in 2013.
    • Leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit in 2013 with 239 wins. Leading rider at Saratoga, the Belmont spring and fall meets and Gulfstream Park’s winter-spring meet.
    • Won six races from seven mounts at Aqueduct on Nov. 9, 2013. Won five races at Aqueduct on Nov. 30, including three stakes; at Belmont on July 13; and at Saratoga on Sept. 2.
    • Ranked second nationally by earnings in 2012 with $22,419,182 and third by wins with 325.
    • Leading rider in 2012 at Gulfstream, where he won five races on March 3.
    • Finished third by earnings in 2011 with $15,675,977 and fifth by wins with 278.
    • Leading rider at 2011 Belmont fall meet.
    • Won 3,000th race on Feb. 24, 2011, at Gulfstream aboard Virtuously.
    • Three times has won five races on a card at Saratoga, Sept. 6, 2004; Sept. 3, 2005 (including the Forego Handicap [G1] on Mass Media); and July 25, 2010.
    • Won 2010 Travers (G1) aboard Afleet Express.
    • Scored 2,000th victory on April 28, 2007, at Calder aboard Nombre de Dios (BRZ).
    • Won 2005 Wood Memorial (G1) with Bellamy Road.
    • Aboard Saratoga County, defeated an international field of sprinters in the 2005 Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) at Nad Al Sheba. They survived a claim of foul after winning the $2 million race for trainer George Weaver.
    • Won riding titles at Aqueduct (2004 spring and 2002-2003 inner track), Tropical-at-Calder (1999-2000 and 2000-2001) and Hialeah.
    • Represents the Eastern region in the Jockeys’ Guild Senate.

    Background:

    Javier followed his late father, Abel, and an uncle into racing in Venezuela in 1996. He came to the U.S. in June 1997. Brother Abel Jr. is also a successful jockey in the U.S. Father-in-law is Terry Meyocks, national director of the Jockeys’ Guild.

 

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