Jesús Castañón

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Jesus Castanon
Occupation Jockey
Born March 4, 1973
Mexico City, Mexico
Career wins 2,042 (ongoing)
Major racing wins

Torrey Pines Stakes (1989)
Hoist Her Flag Stakes (1995)
Garden State Stakes (1999)
Obeah Stakes (1999)
Dominion Day Stakes (2002)
Hillsborough Stakes (2003)
Mecke Handicap (2003)
Red Bank Stakes (2004)
Chris Thomas Turf Classic (2004)
Turfway Park Fall Championship Stakes (2005)
Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (2007)
River City Handicap (2008)
Ack Ack Handicap (2009)
Cardinal Handicap (2009)
Rushaway Stakes (2009)
Palm Beach Stakes (2010)
Isaac Murphy Handicap (2010)
Churchill Downs Stakes GII (2012)
Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (2013)
West Virginia Governor's Stakes (2014)

American Classic race wins:
Preakness Stakes GI (2011)
Significant horses
Paddy O'Prado, Shackleford

Jesus Lopez Castanon (born Jesús López Castañón, March 4, 1973 in Mexico City, Mexico) is a Mexican jockey in American thoroughbred racing who won the 2011 Preakness Stakes.[1] The son of a horse trainer, two brothers were also jockeys in Mexico. Father of four children. He is married to former jockey Rolanda Simpson. Castanon got his first win at Agua Caliente Racetrack in 1989 [2] and later that year in the United States, won the Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar Racetrack in California. Since then he has competed at racetracks across the United States as well as in Canada, winning more than 2,000 races.

2011 U.S. Triple Crown[edit]

On May 7, 2011, Jesus Castanon rode Shackleford to a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby,[3] the first leg of the U.S. Triple Crown series. Two weeks later on May 21, aboard Shackleford he won the second leg of Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes.[4]

Year End Charts[edit]

Chart (2005–present) Peak
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2005 59
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2007 100
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2008 74
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2009 64
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2010 84
National Earnings List for Jockeys 2011 49


  1. ^ Mexicano Jesús Castañón gana el Preakness Stakes 22 May 2011 – BALTIMORE -- Montado por el mexicano Jesús López Castañón, Shackleford
  2. ^ Jesus Castanon's biography at the Jockeys' Guild
  3. ^ Courier-Journal, May 8, 2011
  4. ^ ESPN – May 22, 2011