Javier Castellano

Irad Ortiz, Jr. Wins Bill Shoemaker Award Second Straight Year For Breeders’ Cup Wins

Irad Ortiz Jr. won the 17th Annual Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships hosted by Santa Anita Park. The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who won the most races in the 14 World Championships races and Ortiz, the Shoemaker Award winner last year at […]

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Girl Power: San Luis Rey Fire Survivor Belvoir Bay Breaks Record In Turf Sprint

There was no catching 6-year-old Belvoir Bay (GB) in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Saturday — the speedy mare scrapped for the lead out of the gate and never looked back, setting a track record as she fended off stablemate Om by 1 1/4 lengths. The Peter Miller-trained Belvoir Bay was making her […]

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‘A Heck Of A Battle’: Likely Eclipse Award Winner British Idiom To Be Aimed At Kentucky Oaks

Undefeated Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner British Idiom was already back at her Churchill Downs base Saturday morning after catching a 2 a.m. flight back home along with several other Kentucky-based Friday runners, including beaten Juvenile favorite Dennis’ Moment. British Idiom, with Javier Castellano in the irons, was seventh of nine early, saved ground down […]

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Five-Way Tie At The Top In Race For Breeders’ Cup Shoemaker Award

The race for the Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park, will come down to a Saturday scramble. The Shoemaker Award goes to the jockey who rides the most winners in the 14 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races. Should there be a tie […]

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Come Dancing ‘Sensational’ In Six-Furlong Work For Breeders’ Cup

Multiple graded-stakes winner Come Dancing continued to impress trainer Carlos Martin in her morning works. She worked six furlongs in 1:10.20 on Saturday over the Belmont training track under Hall of Famer Javier Castellano. Owned by Marc Holliday’s Blue Devil Racing, the 5-year-old Malibu Moon dark bay will make her next start in the Grade […]

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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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