Javier Castellano
Jockey Bios

Javier Castellano

Born: October 23, 1977 in Maracaibo, Venezuela

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 212

Stakes Wins: 53

Career Firsts

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

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass


Year

Horse

Finish

2021 Highly Motivated 2nd
2020 Rushie 3rd
2019 Vekoma Won

2014

Bobby’s Kitten

12th

2013

Balance the Books

6th

2012

Howe Great

5th

2006

Court Folly

9th

At Keeneland


Tied for sixth as track's leading jockey by stakes wins (53).

Two-time leader rider: 2015 Spring (22 wins) and 2016 Spring (17 wins).

Won eight stakes in 2019: (Spring) Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on Vekoma, Madison (G1) on Spiced Perfection, Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1) on Rushing Fall, Maker's 46 Mile (G1) on Delta Prince, Kentucky Utilities Transylvania (G3) on Avie's Flatter and Palisades Turf Sprint on Bulletin; (Fall) Darley Alcibiades (G1) on British Idiom and Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) on Spiced Perfection. 

Rode Rushing Fall to five stakes wins: 2017 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3), 2018 Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association and 2018 Queen Elilzabeth II Challenge Cup (G1), 2019 and 2020 Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1).

Four wins in the Maker's Mark Mile/Maker's 46 Mile (G1): Get Stormy (2011), Jack Milton (2015), American Patriot (2017), Delta Prince (2019).

Four wins in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley (G1): Hard Not to Like (2014), Ball Dancing (2015), Rushing Fall (2019-2020).

Three wins in QE II: Bit of Whimsy (2007), Dayatthespa (2012), Rushing Fall (2018).

Two wins in Central Bank Ashland (G1); Lilacs and Lace (2011), Speech (2020)..

First Keeneland win came during the 2002 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2002 Stonerside Beaumont (G2) on Proper Gamble.

 

Career


2017 inductee into the Racing Hall of Fame.

Triple Crown wins (2): Preakness (G1) in Bernardini (2006) and Cloud Computing (2017).​

Breeders’ Cup wins (12): 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 and Dirt Mile on Liam’s Map; 2016 Juvenile Fillies Turf on New Money Honey; 2017 Juvenile Fillies Turf on Rushing Fall; 2018 Dirt Mile on City of Light and Juvenile Turf Sprint on Bulletin; and 2019 Juvenile Fillies on British Idiom and Turf Sprint on Belvoir Bay (GB).

Earned Eclipse Awards as North America's outstanding jockey from 2013-2016.

Won his 5,000th North American race Oct. 20, 2018, at Belmont Park, where he rode Runaway Lute to win the fourth race.

North American career earnings exceed $368 million with 5,500 wins through May 26, 2022.

Click here for his Equibase career record.

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. rode 1,849 winners in North America during his career. Javier's father-in-law is Terry Meyocks, National Director of the Jockeys’ Guild.

He is a Vice Chairman of the Jockeys' Guild.