Abel Castellano Jr., who followed older brother Javier Castellano from Venezuela to ride in the U.S., was a visitor to Gulfstream Park Friday morning with an eye toward embarking on a new career path.
Castellano, who rode his first race in the U.S. at Gulfstream Park in 2000, came to Gulfstream Friday to take the test to obtain a training license. The 33-year-old former jockey, who made 1,849 trips to winner's circles, hasn't ridden since Dec. 6, 2015. He said he was involved in a racing accident and was diagnosed to have suffered a concussion. He decided to stop riding horses and start training them.
“I love horses. They are my life,” said Castellano, who experienced his greatest success on the Mid-Atlantic circuit. “They're in my blood.”
Asked if he will ride his older brother, a Hall of Fame nominee, three-time Eclipse Award winner and defending five-time Championship Meet titlist, Castellano offered a knowing smile.
“I guess I'll have to talk to his agent,” he said.
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