Javier Castellano

Catholic Boy Cruises Through ‘Endurance-Building’ Breeze At Churchill Downs

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano did not have much time to celebrate his 5,000th-career win on Saturday at Belmont Park before catching a plane to Louisville to work Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) contender Catholic Boy five furlongs in 1:02.60 at 5:30 a.m. (all […]

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Pat On The Back Turns The Tables In Empire Classic; Castellano Hits 5,000 Wins

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano notched three wins, including his 5,000th victory in North America aboard Runaway Lute in the $150,000 Hudson Handicap, on Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park to steal the show on Empire Showcase Day, an 11-race all-New York-bred card, including eight stakes races worth a total of $1.75 million in purses. […]

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Hall Of Fame Jockey Castellano Celebrates 5,000th Career Victory

Hall of Fame rider Javier Castellano rode back-to-back winners on Saturday’s Empire Showcase Day card at Belmont Park to notch his 5,000th North American victory. The 41-year-old native of Maracaibo, Venezuela, a four-time Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Jockey and 12-time leading rider on the New York Racing Association circuit, piloted Offering Plan in Race […]

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Video Of Jockeys Room Fight At Will Rogers Downs Goes Viral

Quarter Horse jockeys James Flores and Omar Reyes, who battled it out for leading rider this year at Remington Park in Oklahoma City, elevated their rivalry to new heights in a Sept. 30 jockeys room brawl at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla. Jockeys room fights aren’t that unusual, but this one was captured on […]

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Catholic Boy ‘Recovered Very Quickly,’ Executes Solid Breeze Toward Classic

Multiple Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy got back to his serious Breeders’ Cup Classic preparations on Sunday morning at Belmont Park with a five-furlong breeze in company in his first appearance on the worktab since September 30. Catholic Boy, a 3-year-old colt by More Than Ready, worked outside his stablemate, graded stakes winner March, with […]

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‘Pretty Good Birthday Present’: Rushing Fall Delivers Grade 1 On Edwards’ Special Day

On Saturday, Rushing Fall delivered a bonus birthday gift to her owner, Bob Edwards, who races in the name of e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, by winning the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane’s End (G1) at Keeneland. “That worked out well,” said Whit Beckman, assistant to trainer Chad Brown. “Everybody was happy about […]

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Rushing Fall Adds QEII Challenge Cup To Ever-Growing Resume

Winner of last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, e Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Rushing Fall continued to build on her impressive resume this Saturday with a win in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. The sophomore daughter of More Than Ready, ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Chad Brown, hit the wire […]

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‘Sky’s The Limit’: Franco Rides 1,000th Winner Friday At Belmont Park

Jockey Manny Franco piloted his 1,000th career winner in Race 8 Friday at Belmont Park, riding New York-bred Courageous Bet ($14.60) to a 1 ¼-length victory in a six-furlong starter allowance on the inner turf for trainer Gary Contessa. It was Franco’s second win on the nine-race card, having won Race 6 aboard Illudere ($8.30), […]

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Catholic Boy Settles In At Belmont, Will Train Up To Breeders’ Cup Classic

With regular rider Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano aboard, multiple Grade 1 winner Catholic Boy breezed four furlongs in 49.07 seconds on Belmont’s main track Sunday morning, marking his second workout since winning the Grade 1 Runhappy Travers on August 25 at Saratoga. Deciding to train up to his expected next start in the […]

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Imperial Hint Geared Down In Very Easy Vosburgh Win

Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint made it look all too easy on Saturday, cruising around the Belmont course at 1-9 to win the Grade 1 Vosburgh by a 1 1/4 lengths. Jockey Javier Castellano had the 5-year-old son of Imperialism eased up at the wire, but the pair still completed six furlongs over the fast main […]

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