Javier Castellano

Catholic Boy, Glorious Empire Top Monday’s Knickerbocker Field

Grade 1-winners Catholic Boy and Glorious Empire headline a competitive field of eight in Monday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Knickerbocker for 3-year-olds and upward going 1 1/8 miles over the inner turf at Belmont Park. A dual Grade 1 winner on dirt and turf as a sophomore, Catholic Boy arrives at the Columbus Day feature off […]

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Spiced Perfection Overcomes Stumbling Start For TCA Victory

Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable, and Peter Deutsch’s California-bred Spiced Perfection (4-1) put in an athletic performance to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, overcoming a bad stumble at the start, closing from last and holding off the challenge of Dawn the Destroyer to win by a head on the wire. The 4-year-old […]

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British Idiom Headed To Breeders’ Cup After Alcibiades Victory At Keeneland

British Idiom, confidently ridden by Hall of Famer Javier Castellano, cruised to a 6 1/2-length victory in the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes on Friday’s opening-day program of the fall race meet at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Trained by Brad Cox and owned by Michael Dubb, The Elkstone Group LLC, Madaket Stables LLC and Bethlehem […]

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Selflessly Gives Brown Fourth Straight Miss Grillo

Selflessly stalked a moderate pace and made a winning move at the top of the stretch to give trainer Chad Brown a fourth straight victory in Sunday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Miss Grillo over a firm inner turf at Belmont Park. Owned by Klaravich Stables, the dark bay daughter of More Than Ready arrived at the […]

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Return To Turf, Possibly Breeders’ Cup Mile, Could Be In The Cards For Catholic Boy

Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ Catholic Boy breezed four furlongs in 47.66 under Hall of Famer Javier Castellano on the Belmont turf on Sunday morning. Trained by Jonathan Thomas, the 4-year-old More Than Ready bay won Grade 1 races on turf and dirt last year with scores in the […]

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Imperial Hint Gets A ‘Standing Ovation’ For Gritty Vosburgh Victory

A day after Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint battled back in the stretch to edge Firenze Fire by a nose in the Grade 1, $300,000 Vosburgh, winning trainer Luis Carvajal, Jr. said the color finally returned to his face. “My friend [and fellow trainer] Arnaud Delacour texted me to congratulate me and said, ‘Why do you […]

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Lady Eli’s American Pharoah Half-Sister Wins On Debut

Runnymede Farm, Catesby Clay and Three Chimneys Farm’s Princesa Caroline, the 2-year-old half-sister to turf star Lady Eli, won her career debut on Saturday at Belmont Park. The daughter of American Pharoah, ridden by Javier Castellano for trainer Chad Brown, hit the wire 3 1/2 lengths in front to complete 1 1/16 miles over the […]

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Imperial Hint Battles Back To Nail Firenze Fire In Vosburgh

Raymond Mamone’s pint-sized Imperial Hint showed off the size of his heart once again in Saturday’s Grade 1 Vosburgh Stakes, winning the contest for the second straight year under jockey Javier Castellano. The 6-year-old son of Imperialism, trained by Luis Carvajal, Jr., grabbed the lead at the start but was headed by 2-1 second choice […]

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Tuggle Gets Second Chance On Turf In Pilgrim Stakes

August Dawn Farm’s Tuggle will hope for a smooth trip in Saturday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for juveniles at Belmont Park. Trainer Jeremiah Englehart captured the 2018 Pilgrim for the same connections with Forty Under, who went on to finish sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. The veteran […]

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‘He Really Gives His All’: Imperial Hint Headlines Vosburgh Stakes

Raymond Mamone’s multiple graded-stakes winner Imperial Hint will look to defend his title in Saturday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Vosburgh for 3-year-olds and up at Belmont Park. Imperial Hint, trained by Luis Carvajal, Jr., is set to make his first start since a track record-setting performance in the G1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt on July 27 at […]

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