Javier Castellano

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Javier Castellano
Javier-Castellano20101114.jpg
Castellano in 2010
Occupation Jockey
Born (1977-10-23) October 23, 1977 (age 39)
Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela
Career wins 4226+ ongoing (as of 10/20/2015)
Major racing wins

American Classics / Breeders' Cup:

International races:

Racing awards
Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Significant horses
Ghostzapper, Bernardini, Red Rocks, Stay Thirsty, Bellamy Road, Honor Code, Shaman Ghost,Cloud Computing

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 Santa Rita and La Rinconada racecourses in Venezuela. In June 1997 he moved to the United States where he 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 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, the Travers Stakes, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup.[1]

Castellano received the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 each time based on having the highest purse winnings of any jockey in North America. In 2013, he finished the year with purse earnings of over $26.2 million, surpassing the single-season record previously held by Ramon Dominguez in 2012.[2] He passed 4,000 North American wins in February 2015,[3] and by the end of the year had broken his own single-season winnings and earnings record.[4]

Javier Castellano was selected as a 2017 inductee into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, with the formal ceremony scheduled for August 4 in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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 the biggest influence on his career.[citation needed]

As of 2014, he and his wife Abby have three children. His father-in-law is Terry Meyocks, national director of the Jockeys' Guild.[1] His younger brother Abel Castellano, Jr. (born 1983) is also a jockey and rode his first winner on September 22, 1999, at Santa Rita Race Course in Venezuela.[5] In 2000 he began riding in the United States at Gulfstream Park.[6]

Year-end charts[edit]

Castellano with the Woodlawn Vase in 2017
Castellano in 2009 on Eskendereya
Castellano on Princess of Sylmar, 2014
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
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2014 1
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2015 1
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2016 1

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