Javier Castellano

‘Little Horse With A Big, Big Heart’: Imperial Hint’s Connections Celebrate First Grade 1

Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint exited his 3 ¾-length victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap in good order and has headed back to his home base at Parx Racing, said trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. on Sunday morning. “He came out of it well and finished all his dinner. Everything is good,” said Carvajal. The Vanderbilt was the first […]

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Imperial Hint Cruises To Easy Vanderbilt Triumph

Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint made it look easy at 4-5 in Saturday’s Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt, cruising to a 3 3/4-length win without jockey Javier Castellano ever asking him to run. The 5-year-old son of Imperialism, trained by Luis Carvajal, Jr., clocked six furlongs over Saratoga’s fast main track in 1:09.98. “When he runs, […]

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Sombeyay Finishes Strong For Sanford Victory

Starlight Racing’s Sombeyay, the post-time favorite at 5-2, made a strong late bid in the lane to win Saturday’s Grade 3 Sanford Stakes by about a half-length under jockey Javier Castellano. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 2-year-old son of Into Mischief covered six furlongs over Saratoga’s fast main track in 1:10.35. “He’s not a particularly […]

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Catholic Boy Battles Back Again, Nails Photo Over Analyze It To Win Belmont Derby

The last time Catholic Boy and Analyze It met in the Pennine Ridge, Analyze It took the lead only to have Catholic Boy wrest is back from him in the final strides. In Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational, those two made the turn for home in unison, leading to a thrilling stretch battle. Catholic […]

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‘Conflict Of Interest’: Repole Buys Out WinStar’s Interest In Noble Indy Ahead Of Dwyer

Owner Mike Repole has bought WinStar Farm out of their interest in 3-year-old colt Noble Indy ahead of Saturday’s Grade 3 Dwyer, according to the Daily Racing Form. Repole, who expressed frustration at Javier Castellano’s ride of the colt in the Belmont, speculating the horse’s trip ultimately benefitted WinStar runner and Triple Crown winner Justify. Repole […]

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Delta Prince Crowned Off The Layoff In King Eddie

Stronach Stables’ homebred Delta Prince found the wire first by 1 3/4 lengths in Saturday’s Grade 3 King Edward Stakes on Queen’s Plate Day at Woodbine, making his first start since September. The 5-year-old son of Street Cry, a half-brother to champion Royal Delta, was ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Jimmy Jerkens. Favored at […]

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Belmont Derby: ‘Reliable’ Catholic Boy Breezes, Pletcher Pair ‘Holding Form’

Grade 3 Pennine Ridge winner Catholic Boy put the final touches on his Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby Invitational preparations with a four-furlong breeze Saturday morning over the Oklahoma turf course at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Jonathan Thomas, the 3-year-old More Than Ready ridgling went in company with Eagle Pass, an unraced 3-year-old […]

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Brown, Castellano, Dubb Named Top Performers At Belmont Stakes Racing Festival

Chad Brown, Javier Castellano and Michael Dubb took top honors in the 2018 Belmont Stakes Racing Festival Championship for best overall performance by a trainer, jockey and owner, respectively, during the three-day event at Belmont Park. The competition, based on a 5-3-2-1 point basis, began with the first race on Thursday, June 7 and continued […]

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Belmont Owners ‘Baffled,’ Upset By Jockey Tactics In Race Against Justify

Did the strategies employed by two of the jockeys in the Belmont Stakes make winning the Triple Crown easier on Justify? Owners of the two horses definitely have some questions. Mike Repole, co-owner of Noble Indy and Vino Rosso, told Tom Pedulla writing for the New York Post he wanted stewards to look into Florent […]

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Queen’s Call To Mind Sets Course Record In Belmont Gold Cup

Owned and bred by Her Majesty The Queen, Call To Mind set a new course record in winning the Grade 2 Belmont Gold Cup Invitational, his first start in North America. The 4-year-old son of Galileo sat just behind the leader and took over in the stretch to win by a length, completing two miles […]

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