Veteran Javier Castellano has won the Eclipse Award for outstanding jockey for the past three consecutive years, and has put together a promising early start to 2016. As of Feb. 27, Castellano boasts a record of 56-47-33 from 267 starts, with earnings of $2.2 million. That is a win ratio of nearly 21 percent, and an in-the-money ratio a striking 51 percent of the time. He currently ranks second in total wins for 2016 behind Tampa Bay's Antonio Gallardo, trailing by just one.
On Saturday, Castellano had 10 mounts at Gulfstream Park, and won with four of those, including two graded stakes victories aboard Cathryn Sophia in the Davona Dale and Converge in the Palm Beach. Perhaps the most impressive statistic is that Castellano also finished second four times on Saturday. The other two races he rode, Castellano finished third, meaning he was never off the board in 10 individual starts at Gulfstream on Saturday.
In terms of Graded Stakes standings, Castellano had been tied for fourth before this weekend with three graded stakes victories in 2016. In adding two victories to his resume Saturday, Castellano moved into a three-way tie for first with five graded wins. Sharing that spot are Florent Geroux, who recorded a victory aboard Breeders' Cup winner Catch A Glimpse in the Herecomesthebride, and Joel Rosario, who did not ride this weekend after he was injured in a spill last Saturday.
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