Javier Castellano

Varenka, Wildlife Hoping To Make The Grade In Lake Placid Stakes

Augustin Stable’s homebred Varenka headlines a talented field of eight sophomore fillies in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Lake Placid Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile inner turf test at Saratoga Race Course. Trained by Graham Motion, the Ghostzapper bay is out of stakes winner Dynamic Cat, who has produced four stakes winners, including Grade 3-winner Dynamic Holiday. […]

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Point Of Honor To Face Familiar Foes In Alabama Stakes

After Point of Honor won a thrilling stretch-drive duel against Ulele in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes in May at Pimlico, the two talented foes will rematch as part of an accomplished nine-horse field of 3-year-old fillies in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama Stakes presented by NYRA Bets on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course. […]

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Valid Point Continues Brown’s Arlington Success With Secretariat Victory

Michael Ryan and 3 Five Racing Thoroughbreds’ Valid Point made it another Grade 1 win for trainer Chad Brown on the Arlington Million undercard when he stormed home to win the G1 Secretariat by a length. One race earlier, Brown sent out Sistercharlie for a repeat in the G1 Beverly D. Valid Point ($7.00), a […]

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Fools Gold Proves The Real Deal In Fasig-Tipton Waya

Overshadowed heading into Sunday’s Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya by her multiple graded-stakes winning stablemate and betting favorite Santa Monica, Wise Racing’s Fools Gold proved to be a smart three-quarter-length winner of Saratoga Race Course’s 1 ½-mile turf marathon. The 16th running of the Waya for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up was the second […]

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Vanderbilt Win Rockets Castellano To Jockey Of The Week Title

The upset winner of the Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap, Javier Castellano was chosen as the Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for July 22-28, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in […]

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‘It’s Amazing What This Animal Can Make You Feel’: Imperial Hint Earns 114 Beyer

Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint brought the Saratoga faithful to their feet with a jaw-dropping performance in Saturday’s Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap. Multiple Grade 1-winner Mitole and Strike Power tussled through a swift opening quarter-mile in 21.77 seconds, but when Hall of Famer Javier Castellano asked Imperial Hint to move, the 6-year-old son […]

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Imperial Hint Sets New Track Record In Alfred Vanderbilt

Raymond Mamone’s Imperial Hint may be small in stature, but he often makes up for it with blistering performances on the racetrack. This Saturday the 6-year-old son of Imperialism broke a track record at Saratoga, completing six furlongs on the fast track in 1:07.92 to win the Grade 1 Alfred Vanderbilt by four lengths. Ridden […]

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Mitole’s Seven-Race Win Streak On Line In Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap

Two of the country’s finest sprinters will square off in Saturday’s 35th running of the Grade 1, $350,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap when Mitole, winner of seven straight, faces defending Vanderbilt-winner Imperial Hint at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. One of the day’s three graded stakes, the six-furlong event for 3-year-olds and up […]

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Albertrani Hoping Third Time’s The Charm For Sadler’s Joy In Bowling Green

Woodslane Farm’s $2-million earner Sadler’s Joy makes his seasonal debut in a contentious renewal of Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 Bowling Green, a 1 3/8-mile test for 4-year-olds and up on the inner turf at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Trained by Tom Albertrani, Sadler’s Joy rallied last-of-13 to third in the Breeders’ Cup […]

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State-Of-The-Art Kentucky Institute Takes Jockey Well-Being To New Level

Jockeys are independent contractors. Performing their athletic craft at high speed, exposed to the elements and with few “safety nets.” “We wear helmets and vests. Outside of that, we risk everything to participate in this sport and it’s been my life for over 32 years,” says journeyman Aaron Gryder, winner of nearly 4,000 races from […]

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