By Frank Angst from The Blood Horse

Javier CastellanoJavier Castellano, who has secured the past two Eclipse Awards as outstanding rider, eclipsed his own single-season earnings mark Sunday, Nov. 15, ending the day with purse earnings of $26,237,639.

According to figures tracked by Equibase, Castellano passed his 2013 earnings mark of $26,219,907 when he guided Saythreehailmary’s to a second-place finish in the eighth race at Aqueduct Racetrack Sunday.

Castellano, who finished atop the Saratoga Race Course meet by earnings, already has won 17 grade I races this season including the Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) and Whitney Stakes (gr. I) on Honor Code, the Travers Stakes (gr. I) on Keen Ice, the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on Liam’s Map, and the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff on Stopchargingmaria.