Javier Castellano

$62,500 claim Caixa Eletronica wins $1M Charles Town Classic

Caixa Eletronica had already proven to be a very good claim for owner Mike Repole, who paid $62,500 to halter the son out of Arromanches from a winning race at Gulfstream Park in March 2011. In the ensuing 13 months for Repole and trainer Todd Pletcher, he’s won four races, including two stakes, and finished […]

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Perfect Gemologist holds off Alpha in Wood

Gemologist ran his record to a perfect 5-for-5 with a victory in Saturday’s $1 million Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial, New York’s most important prep race for the Triple Crown. Gemologist, a son of Tiznow who races for WinStar Farm and is trained by Todd Pletcher, staved off a strong closing bid […]

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Castellano not looking back as he faces former mount in Florida Derby

Javier Castellano could not be blamed for thinking about what might have been. But Gulfstream’s leading rider – the man who set a record earlier this meet for most wins by a Gulfstream jockey and also won his 3,000 career race – prefers to look ahead, especially to his ride aboard Risen Star (G2) winner […]

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Castellano breaks record for most wins in season at Gulfstream

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Jockey Javier Castellano broke the record for most wins during a Gulfstream race meet Saturday when he won his 98th race of the 2011-2012 season aboard Repenter in the first race. Castellano set the standard on the 72nd day of live racing. He shared the previous record of 97 with Jerry Bailey […]

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Castellano rides to 3,000th career win

Jockey Javier Castellano rode the 3000th winner of his career Friday at Gulfstream Park, guiding Virtuously to a thrilling late-closing victory in the sixth race. “It feels great. It was time. I stayed patient and rode the same way I always ride,” Castellano said. “I’ve been very blessed to have all the support from all […]

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El Padrino favored among Derby hopefuls in Risen Star

Let’s Go Stable’s El Padrino, who closed out in the opening Kentucky Derby Future Pool this year at 16-1, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday’s Grade II Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds. As Fair Grounds’ designed prep for the $1 million Louisiana Derby on April 1, the $300,000 Risen […]

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Castellano picks Algorithms over Union Rags for Fountain of Youth

Javier Castellano could have it worse as a jockey, choosing between two top Kentucky Derby contenders heading into the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.  But he still faced a difficult call in deciding which horse to ride in the Feb. 26 race. Castellano and his agent, Matt Muzikar, tell the Daily Racing Form […]

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Gulfstream Jockeys vs Joes poker tourney to benefit charities

Gulfstream Park Racing & Casino announced today the inaugural Jockeys vs. Joes Poker Tournament with guaranteed prize money of $10,000, to be held Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. in Gulfstream’s poker room. Jockeys committed to play include John Velazquez, Joe Bravo, Javier Castellano, Rajiv Maragh, Manoel Cruz and retired Hall of Fame rider Angel […]

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Trickmeister triumphant in return, gives Castellano 5th win of day

Trickmeister returned from a 16-month layoff to dominate Saturday’s $60,000 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park and give jockey Javier Castellano his fifth win on the card, reports the Daily Racing Form. Trickmeister, who in his last start won the Pleasant Colony Stakes in August 2010 by nearly 12 lengths, gave every indication he will […]

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