Javier Castellano

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    Javier Castellano
    record at keeneland
    total wins:159
    stakes wins:33
    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
    October 23, 1977 in Maracaibo, Venezuela

    At Keeneland (through April 2017):

    • Track's 8th-leading jockey by stakes wins (33).
    • Two-time leader rider: 2015 Spring Meet with 22 wins and 2016 Spring Meet with 17 wins.
    • During the 2017 Spring Meet, won the Maker's 46 Mile (G1) on American Patriot, Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select on Big Score and Adena Springs Beaumont (G3) on Sweet Loretta
    • 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:





    Bobby’s Kitten



    Balance the Books



    Howe Great



    Court Folly




    • 2017 inductee into the Racing Hall of Fame.
    • Triple Crown wins (2): Preakness (G1) in 2006 on Bernardini and 2017 on Cloud Computing.​
    • 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.
    • North American career earnings exceed $288 million with 4,761 wins through Sept. 18, 2017. 
    • 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.
    • Leading rider at Keeneland’s 2016 Spring Meet, Gulfstream Park’s 2015-2016 winter meet and Belmont Park’s 2016 fall meet (in a tie).
    • 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.


    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. His father-in-law is Terry Meyocks, national director of the Jockeys’ Guild.




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