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 Spring 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.

    Career:

    • Triple Crown win: 2006 Preakness (G1) with Bernardini.​
    • Breeders’ Cup wins (3): With his first Breeders’ Cup mount, he won the 2004 Classic (G1) on Ghostzapper. Won the 2012 Filly and Mare Turf (G1) on Zagora (FR) and the 2013 Juvenile Fillies (G1) on Ria Antonia.
    • Won the Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey in 2013.
    • North America’s leading rider by money earned in 2013 with a record $26,214,007. 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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