Javier Castellano

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Javier Castellano
Eskendereya (Castellano, Javier).jpg
Javier Castellano in 2009 on Eskendereya
Occupation Jockey
Born October 23, 1977
Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela
Career wins 3,938+ ongoing (as of 12/16/14)
Major racing wins

American Classics / Breeders' Cup:

International races:

Racing awards
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (2013)
Significant horses
Ghostzapper, Bernardini, Red Rocks, Stay Thirsty, Bellamy Road

Javier Castellano (born October 23, 1977 in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela) is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing.

Castellano began his riding career in 1996 at La Rinconada and Santa Rita racetracks in Venezuela. In June 1997 moved to the United States where rode at race tracks in southern Florida until 2001 when he moved to race on the New York State racing circuit. He had his first major wins In 2004, on Ghostzapper, owned by Frank Stronach's colt Ghostzapper and won several major races including the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic, earning 2004 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and other honors. In 2006, Castellano rode Bernardini for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Darley Racing, winning the Preakness Stakes, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup.[1]

Castellano received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2013, finishing the year leading the nation's jockeys with purse earnings of over $26.2 million, surpassing the season mark set by Venezuelan jockey Ramon Dominguez in 2012.[2]

Racing runs in Castellano's family. His father, who died in 2000, his uncle and a brother all have been jockeys. He considers his father to be biggest influence on his career. As of 2014` he and his wife Anna have three children. His father-in-law, Terry Meyocks, national director of the Jockeys' Guild.[1]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000–present) Peak
position
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2000 32
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2001 28
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2002 16
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2003 15
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2004 6
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2005 6
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2006 11
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 10
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008 10
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 17
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 6
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011 3
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2012 2
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2013 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.jockeyjaviercastellano.com/career/
  2. ^ Novak, Claire (January 18, 2014). "Javier Castellano Earns First Eclipse Award". bloodhorse.com. The BloodHorse. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 

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