Javier Castellano

Birth Date: Sunday, October 23, 1977
Birth Place: Maracaibo, Venezuela

2012-13 Gulfstream Record
Mounts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
474 100 95 59 $4,031,955
Career: For the second consecutive year, Castellano claimed the riding title at Gulfstream with 100 victories. Castellano's 2012-2013 title came after he enjoyed a record-shattering 2011-12 season at Gulfstream Park, where he rode 112 winners to easily eclipse the previous record of 97 shared by Julio Pezua (1987), Wigberto Ramos (1991) and Jerry Bailey (1996). His $4.031 million in earnings was good for second during last year's meet. He also led the way in purse earnings the previous year when riding the winners of 10 stakes. Castellano's stakes winners last year included Data Link in the Canadian (G3) and Discreet Dancer in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2). He also set a world record when riding Twilight Eclipse to victory in the Pan American (G2).
 
The previous year Castellano won stakes aboard Grace Hall (Grade 2 Gulfstream Oaks), Corporate Jungle (Grade 3 Appleton), Pomeroys Pistol (Grade 3 Sugar Swirl), Silver Medallion (Grade 3 Fort Lauderdale), Trickmeister (Harlan’s Holiday), Dayatthespa (Grade 3 Herecomesthebride and Sweetest Chant), Algorithms (Grade 3 Holy Bull), Simmard (Grade 2 Mac Diarmida), Hit It Rich (Grade 3 Orchid),  Castellano rode Virtuously to victory on Feb. 24th to notch his 3000th career trip to the winner’s Circle. 
 
Castellano won the 2013 riding title at Saratoga with 66 wins and $5.4 million in earnings. He won the Alabama (G1) and Beldame (G1) and Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) with Princess of Sylmar and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) with Ria Antonia. Castellano won the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) aboard Zagora...He scored Grade 1 victories in New York in 2012 aboard Gemologist (Wood Memorial), Contested (Acorn), Winter Memories (Diana) and So Many Ways (Spinaway). 
 
He finished third in races-won and earnings during the 2012 Saratoga and Keeneland meetings and checked in second in both categories in the spring Belmont meet.
 
Castellano was the regular rider for 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper, aboard whom he scored in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Lone Star Park. He broke through with his first victory in a Triple Crown race in the 2006 Preakness aboard Bernardini, whom he also rode to triumphs in the Travers (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) during his 3-year-old championship season. 
 
Castellano rode top female sprinter Sugar Swirl in a sweep of the 2008 First Lady, Hurricane Bertie and Shirley Jones Handicaps at Gulfstream. 
 
He began his American career at Calder, where he topped the rider standings at the Tropical meet in 1999-2000 and again in 2000-01. He moved his tack to New York and was the leading jockey at Aqueduct’s 2002-03 inner-track meet.
 
Other: Followed his late father, Abel, and an uncle into racing in Venezuela in 1996 and was racing in the U.S. by June of 1997, starting off in South Florida. His father-in law Terry Meyocks is the national director of the Jockeys’ Guild and a former executive with NYRA and the NTRA.