Jockey Javier Castellano won four graded Stake races in two days including Friday’s Black Eyed Susan (Gr. 2) at Pimlico and was named the Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for May 11 – May 17th. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents more than 950 riders in North America.
Castellano kicked off the first of four weekend scores with a perfect ride aboard Keen Pauline pulling the $32.80 upset in Friday’s $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (Gr. 2). Castellano broke alertly and crossed over to the rail with his mount that was stretching out from six furlongs to 1 1/8th miles in the featured event. The 37 year-old native of Venezuela set perfect fractions and had plenty left in the tank winning by a comfortable two lengths.
Three races later in the Friday nightcap it was another graded stakes win in the $250,000 Pimlico Special (Gr. 3) aboard favored Commissioner.
Preakness day was kind to Castellano as well as he continued his heady riding with a well-timed move atop Watsdachances (IRE) in the Gallorette Handicap (G. III). It was that same style of patient riding that got the job done again later in the $300,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (Gr. 2T) aboard Ironicus.
“This race (Dixie Stakes) set up perfectly for us,” Castellano said. “In his last race, the leader just galloped and he made a run, but didn’t have a chance to win. The turf was also softer that day. He likes a little harder track and with today’s fast pace, it was exactly what we needed. I think he may be able to step up.”
For the week Castellano’s mounts earned $842,195 and recorded an in-the-money percentage of 46%. Castellano currently leads all North American riders in earnings for 2015 with a total of $7,841,718.
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