Like Father, Like Son – The Luzzi Legacy Continues

By Karen M. Johnson (@WriterHorses) for JockeyTalk360.com It reads like a script for a Disney movie. Veteran jockey, who suffered severe injuries in riding accident, prepares to return to the saddle after months of rehabilitation. Meanwhile, his teenage son is set to launch his own career as a jockey. But it’s not a tale that is coming to the big screen; it’s the real-life story of Mike Luzzi, and his 18-year-old son, Lane, who will soon join his father in the New York jockey colony. Luzzi, 45, is close to returning to race riding after nearly 10 months on...

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Castellano’s Saratoga Blog – Week 4

Each week during the Saratoga meet, Cynthia Grisolia sits down with Javier Castellano and puts his thoughts on paper for JockeyTalk360.  WEEK FOUR AT THE SPA: I’ve ridden a lot of great horses this week, but it’s been hard to not keep thinking about winning my first Whitney Handicap with Honor Code last Saturday. I have been fortunate enough to win a lot of grade ones here in Saratoga, but as I told Mrs. Whitney, who was in the the winner circle, it was just an honor to win such a prestigious race. It was an exciting race, for sure. Now...

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Castellano’s Saratoga Blog – Week 3

Each week during the Saratoga meet, Cynthia Grisolia sits down with Javier Castellano and puts his thoughts on paper for JockeyTalk360.  WEEK THREE AT THE SPA: What can I say? This week, it was a lot better than last. I’ve had six wins and two seconds in the last two days, and a few exciting stakes. A week ago, nothing seemed to go quite right. But that, as they say, is horseracing. I spent the weekend facing off against Johnny Velazquez–an enviable place for a jockey to be, no? I won the Alfred G. Vanderbuilt with Rock Fall, nosing out Johnny...

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Castellano reflects on his week at the Spa

Each week during the Saratoga meet, Cynthia Grisolia sits down with Javier Castellano and puts his thoughts on paper for JockeyTalk360.  WEEK TWO AT THE SPA: What a scare this week!  On Monday I was poised to win the 9th race with Tweet Kitten, a three-year-old Chad Brown trainee. I could just about see the finish line as he opened up by two lengths, easily holding off Luis Saez and Good Response, and all of a sudden he just spooked and jumped the rail.  I can’t tell you how scary it was­–I was certain we were going down.  But I was lucky, I guess. We were both okay, and the colt finished second.   Jockeys love what we do, but we just don’t think about that risk every day. How could we? We love these horses–they’re beautiful and smart, but they’re unpredictable.  I was so happy to just be able to walk away. With that behind me I’m really looking forward to this weekend because I have two big races. The highlight of my Saturday will definitely be the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap where I’ll ride Rock Fall. I’m very excited about this colt. He’s a 4-year-old son of Speightstown and we’ve won five in a row.  This is his Saratoga debut and his first time in Grade 1 company but I have a lot of confidence in him. He...

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Javier Castellano’s Saratoga Blog 07/24/15

By Cynthia Grisolia WEEK ONE: OPENING DAY AT THE SPA There’s no question about it–this is absolutely my favorite track. I love to ride here at Saratoga. It’s very competitive, and I just love the challenges. Racing gets underway today, and, after working some horses on the grass this morning, I am scheduled to ride in nine out of 10, including the Schuylerville Stakes with Todd Pletcher’s Positively Royal and the Lake George Stakes with Chad Brown’s Partisan Politics. Tomorrow, I’m on 11 out of 11 on the card—look for me aboard Waltzing Matilda in the Diana–so, man, I...

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