Birth Date: Sunday, March 4, 1973
Birth Place: Mexico City
|2012-13 Gulfstream Record|
Career: Castanon first made his mark at Gulfstream in 2012 in the Davona Dale (G2), in which he rode Yara, a 64-1 longshot, to a neck victory over heavily favored Grace Hall. Another major score for Castanon in 2012 came aboard Shackleford in the Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) on the Kentucky Derby Day card. In 2010, he tasted success in the Triple Crown for the first time, guiding Shackleford to a half-length upset of Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom in the Preakness Stakes (G1). Earlier that year, Castanon and Shackleford just got caught at the wire by Dialed In in the Florida Derby (G1), almost pulling off a 68-1 shocker. They went on to finish second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), Haskell (G1) and Indiana Derby (G2).