Javier Castellano

‘Best Man’? Nakatani Reveals Why He Actually Lost The Mount On Bolt D’Oro

A two-time Grade 1 winner and third-place finisher after a wide trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Mick Ruis’ talented sophomore colt Bolt d’Oro did not bring home year-end championship honors in 2017. Jockey Corey Nakatani took a lot of the blame for the wide trip at Del Mar, and when the horse started his […]

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Rated R Superstar Defeats Favored Chip Leader In Ben Ali Stakes

Radar Racing’s Rated R Superstar provided a bit of an upset in Saturday’s Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes at Keeneland, posting a 6-1 victory over the 9-5 favorite Chip Leader. The 5-year-old son of Kodiak Kowboy was at the rear of the field behind a mile pace, but Javier Castellano sent him after the leader […]

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Espinoza Picks Up Bolt d’Oro Mount After Castellano Chooses Audible

The Kentucky Derby jockey shuffle continues this week as the Daily Racing Form announced three-time Derby winner Victor Espinoza will pilot Bolt d’Oro in the race. Owner/trainer Mick Ruis confirmed the news late Monday after a meeting between himself and Espinoza. Javier Castellano, who had previously ridden Bolt d’Oro, defected to ride Florida Derby winner […]

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Riding For Pletcher: Velazquez Will Stick With Vino Rosso, Castellano To Ride Audible

Trainer Todd Pletcher’s domination of the Kentucky Derby trail has been well-documented this season. So far, he has saddled the winners of the Wood Memorial, Holy Bull, Florida Derby, Louisiana Derby, and the Rebel, and will send out the likely favorite in this Saturday’s Arkansas Derby. Barring any missteps between now and the first Saturday in […]

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Rushing Fall Adds To Her Resume With Appalachian Victory

E Five Racing’s Rushing Fall made her 2018 debut a successful one in Sunday’s Grade 2 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland, adding to a resume that already includes a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. The 3-year-old daughter of More Than Ready, trained by Chad Brown, covered a mile in 1:38.66. Ridden by Javier […]

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Justify Defeats Bolt D’Oro Under Masterful Ride In Santa Anita Derby

He’s been highly touted for weeks now, but Justify finally had the chance to prove himself in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy, winner of both of his career starts thus far, took the lead out of the gate and cruised around the track all alone on the front […]

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Jose Ferrer Honored With 2018 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award

Jockey Jose Ferrer, a mainstay on the eastern seaboard dating back to 1982, will be on-hand at Santa Anita on Sunday, April 15 to receive the 2018 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races. Ferrer, 54, outpolled fellow riders Alex Birzer, Javier Castellano, Rodney Prescott and Joe Talamo in winning the 69th Woolf […]

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El Santa Anita Derby: Justify Y Bolt D’Oro Miden Fuerzas En La Preparatoria Más Esperada Del Año

Hasta hace unos pocos días, el Santa Anita Derby era la revancha más esperada del año. Ahora podemos hablar del Santa Anita Derby (G1, $1,000,000) como la preparatoria más esperada del año en la ruta al Kentucky Derby (G1). La razón: el aspirante de Bob Baffert no será McKinizie debido a un problema a nivel […]

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Thunder Snow “Congela” A Sus Rivales Con Una Contundente Victoria En La Dubai World Cup

La jornada clásica de Meydan se había convertido en casi un arrase para los clásicos colores de Godolphin. Sin embargo, lo mejor aún estaba por venir. Un planteamiento de carrera totalmente diferente y una condición física inmejorable se conjugaron para que Thunder Snow ganara de punta a punta la Dubai World Cup (G1, $10,000,000), la […]

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Harrington: ‘Not A Sliver Of Difference’ Between Bolt D’Oro And McKinzie

A rematch of mythic proportions could be in the offing next Saturday when Bolt d’Oro and McKinzie are scheduled to do battle in the $1 million, Grade I Santa Anita Derby. The three-year-old colts, leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby on May 5, ran the gauntlet for nearly a quarter mile in the San Felipe Stakes on March […]

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