Javier Castellano

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    Javier Castellano
    record at keeneland
    total wins:147
    stakes wins:30
    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 October 2016):

    • Ranks 9th on the list of leading jockeys by stakes wins (30).
    • Two-time leader rider: 2015 Spring Meet with 22 wins and 2016 Spring Meet with 17 wins.
    • Rode Collected to win the Lexington (G3) during the 2016 Spring Meet. Was one of his three wins for the day, April 16.
    • Won three stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 30, 2015, during the first day of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships: Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) on Stopchargingmaria, Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) on champion Liam’s Map and Bryan Station on Tweet Kitten.
    • Won four stakes during the 2015 Spring Meet: Maker's 46 Mile (G1) on Jack Milton, Jenny Wiley (G1) on Ball Dancing, Ben Ali (G3) on Protonico and Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select on Night Prowler.
    • Won three races on April 10, 11, 18, 19 and 22 during the 2015 Spring Meet.
    • 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) on 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:

    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 (7): 2004 Classic on Ghostzapper (first Breeders' Cup mount); 2012 Filly and Mare Turf on Zagora (FR); 2013 Juvenile Fillies on Ria Antonia; 2014 Filly and Mare Turf on Dayatthespa; 2015 Distaff on Stopchargingmaria; 2015 Dirt Mile on Liam’s Map; 2016 Juvenile Fillies Turf on New Money Honey.
    • Has won four Eclipse Awards as outstanding jockey: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.
    • 2016 marked the fourth consecutive year he led all riders by earnings. He rode the earners of $26,827,966. His 300 victories ranked him fourth among the year's winningest jockeys. He won 34 graded stakes to lead all riders. Nine of those wins were in Grade 1 races.
    • North American career earnings exceed $270 million with 4,593 wins in early January 2017. 
    • Has earned leading rider titles at NYRA tracks and in South Florida.
    • 2015 earnings were a record $28,120,767. He topped the list of leading jockeys by wins with 344. 
    • Reached 4,000 career wins on Feb. 8, 2015, when he rode Captain Stan to victory in the 10th race at Gulfstream Park.
    • North America’s leading rider by earnings in 2014 with $25,056,464 and second by wins with 315. 
    • North America’s leading rider by earnings in 2013 with a then-record $26,218,107. Also led all riders by races won during the year with 362.
    • Honored by the Jockeys’ Guild in January 2014 with the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award for outstanding achievement among Thoroughbred jockeys in 2013.
    • Won 3,000th race on Feb. 24, 2011, at Gulfstream aboard Virtuously.
    • Won 2,000th race on April 28, 2007, at Calder aboard Nombre de Dios (BRZ).
    • Rode Saratoga County to win the $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1) at Nad Al Sheba in 2005. 
    • Won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic on Ghostzapper in his first mount in the event.
    • 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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