Tags ‘Javier Castellano’

Javier Castellano Notches First Six-Win Day at Aqueduct

Michael Compton | 1 year ago
Jockey Javier Castellano registerd his first six-win day at Aqueduct on Saturday, Nov. 9. He closed out a superlative day by piloting North Star Boy to win the ninth and final race of the card. Castellano, the leading rider in New York in 2013 with 217... Read More...

Unbridled Command Controls Rivals in Hollywood Derby

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
New York-bred Unbridled Command handled the trip to California from his New York base with aplomb and promptly dispatched a competitive field in the Hollywood Derby (G1) on Sunday, Nov. 25. Owned by Lewis Lakin and trained by Tom Bush, Unbridled Comman... Read More...

So Many Ways Shows the Way in Spinaway

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
So Many Ways wrapped up her Saratoga meet the way she started it: with a stakes win. The promising juvenile filly won the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) on opening day at Saratoga. She returned to the winner’s circle on Sunday, capturing the Spinaway Stak... Read More...

Winter Memories Proves Her Class in Diana

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Winter Memories proved her class once more on Saturday with a 1 ½-length victory in the $600,000 Diana (G1) at Saratoga. Seeking her seventh graded stakes score and second at Saratoga, Winter Memories commenced her rally midway on the final bend, shot... Read More...

Velazquez Among Four Jockey Finalists for ESPY Awards

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, Mario Gutierrez and John Velazquez were announced by ESPN as the four nominees in the “Best Jockey” category of the 20th annual ESPY Awards. The ESPYS, which honor a wide array of athletes and sports entities, wi... Read More...

Contested Uncontested in Acorn Stakes

Michael Compton | 2 years ago
Contested earned her first Grade 1 victory in front-running fashion Monday afternoon at Belmont Park, leading at every call in the 82nd running of the $300,000 Acorn Stakes. Breaking from the rail, Contested dashed to an uncontested lead, opening up th... Read More...

Zagora Much the Best in Gallorette Stakes

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Zagora (FR) and jockey Javier Castellano rolled to an impressive score in the Gallorette Stakes (G3) early Saturday on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico Race Course. Owned by Martin S. Schwartz, Zagora captured two stakes races at Tampa Bay Downs earl... Read More...

El Padrino and Gemologist Get Feel For Track at Churchill Downs

Michael Compton | 3 years ago
Todd Pletcher’s Florida-based Kentucky Derby entrants El Padrino and Gemologist arrived in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday and visited the track on Wednesday. “We’ve had a very successful winter training at Palm Meadows. We won 40 percent of our race... Read More...

Hoop Dreams at Aqueduct

New Jersey Nets head coach Avery Johnson celebrated Gemologist’s Wood Memorial victory with the winning connections on Saturday at Aqueduct. Johnson, known as the “Little General” during his NBA playing days, is a close friend of Elliott Walden a... Read More...

Gemologist Remains Perfect in Wood Memorial

WinStar Farm’s Gemologist kept his perfect record intact on Saturday winning the 88th running of the Wood Memorial Stakes (G1) at Aqueduct. The son of Tiznow charged to the front at the head of the lane under Javier Castellano. Alpha made a serious r... Read More...

Broadway’s Alibi Rolls in Comely Stakes

Broadway’s Alibi, a romping winner in her last stakes start, proved she is the real deal on Saturday, wiring a competitive group in Saturday’s Comely Stakes (G3) at Aqueduct. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Broadway’s Alibi assumed command at the br... Read More...

Grace Hall Rebounds in Gulfstream Oaks

Grace Hall rebounded from an upset loss last time out to win the $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks (G2) by a commanding margin at Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Michael Dubb and partners’ 3-year-old daughter of Empire Maker more than atoned for finishing second... Read More...

Intriguing Field Set for Tampa Bay Derby

Battle Hardened and Prospective, one-two finishers in the Sam Davis Stakes, return and are joined by Take Charge Indy and Spring Hill Farm Saturday’s 32nd running of the $350,000 Tampa Bay Derby (G2) attracted a competitive field of 12 3-year-olds at... Read More...

Dialed In Returns in Gulfstream Allowance

Photo of Dialed In courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo Last year’s Florida Derby winner makes his long-awaited comeback at Gulfstream Park. Robert LaPenta’s Dialed In, winner of the Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park last year, is enter... Read More...

Union Rags Dominates Fountain of Youth Foes

Union Rags photo courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo In a sparkling performance, Union Rags establishes himself as a clear Kentucky Derby favorite Union Rags’ reputation may have taken a hit when he lost last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenil... Read More...

Castellano Notches 3,000th Winner

Photo courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo Javier Castellano achieves career milestone at Gulfstream Park on Friday Jockey Javier Castellano reached a milestone at Gulfstream Park on Friday, piloting the 3,000th winner of his career. He accompl... Read More...

Fountain of Youth Stakes attracts compact, competitive field

By MICHAEL COMPTON As the Kentucky Derby trail kicks into high gear this weekend, Sunday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park should go a long way in helping sort out the 3-year-old picture, at least in South Florida. With a field that includes the undefeated Todd Pletcher-trained pair of Algorithms and Florida-bred Discreet […] Read More...

Pletcher Pair to Clash With Union Rags

Photo of Algorithms courtesy of Gulfstream Park/Coglianese photo Sunday’s Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park promises answers in sorting out contentious 3-year-old division. As the Kentucky Derby trail kicks into high gear this weekend, Sund... Read More...