Castellano talks Cavorting, Flintshire & more in his final Saratoga blog of the Summer

Each week, jockey Javier Castellano, who won the last three Eclipse Awards for being North America’s most outstanding jockey, is sharing a Saratoga Blog. This is the last of seven installments, with the questions coming from turf writer Bob Fortus. Bob Fortus: You’ve won 11 stakes (through Wednesday), more than any other jockey, you have the lead in money won, and you’re five wins off the lead in victories, so all in all, it’s been a pretty good meet. What are your thoughts on that? Javier Castellano: “Absolutely. It’s a great meet. I’m very pleased. I’ve very thankful. Everything...

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Castellano Talks Travers Day Mounts & More in His Week 6 Saratoga Blog

Each week, jockey Javier Castellano, who won the last three Eclipse Awards for being North America’s most outstanding jockey, is sharing a Saratoga Blog. This is the sixth of seven installments, with the questions coming from turf writer Bob Fortus. Bob Fortus: On Saturday, you’re riding in six Grade 1 races in a row. It’s almost like a Breeders’ Cup Day. Does your approach change at all? Do you try to get a little more sleep? What’s your excitement level on a day like that? Javier Castellano: “It’s real exciting. But one thing, I don’t want to change anything....

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Castellano Talks Gunnevera, Cathryn Sophia & More in his Week 5 Saratoga Blog

Each week, jockey Javier Castellano, who won the last three Eclipse Awards for being North America’s most outstanding jockey, is sharing a Saratoga Blog. This is the fifth of seven installments, with the questions coming from turf writer Bob Fortus. Bob Fortus: You’ve had a good week. Things have really have been falling into place. That’s got to feel good. Javier Castellano: “Yeah. Everything’s going in the right direction right now. The races. The horses are being put in good spots. Everything’s working good so far.” Tell me about your ride on Monday on Jules N Rome (in the...

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Tight Standings Show Ellis Park Jockey Colony Lives up to Billing

By Jennie Rees ‘Everybody is getting chance to ride good horses, and it shows’ HENDERSON, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2016) — Going into the 2016 Ellis Park meeting, the jockey colony shaped up as its best in years, if not decades or even ever, based on accomplishments.  It has lived up to that hype, though what might not have been expected was just how much parity there would be: With 10 racing dates left in the meet, Miguel Mena tops the standings with 16 victories, but six other riders are within four victories.   Corey Lanerie, a two-time Ellis titlist...

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Castellano’s Saratoga Blog – Week 4

Each week, jockey Javier Castellano, who won the last three Eclipse Awards for being North America’s most outstanding jockey, is sharing a Saratoga Blog. This is the fourth of seven installments, with the questions coming from turf writer Bob Fortus. Bob Fortus: On Thursday, you won going a mile and three-quarters (on Turco Brave in the Birdstone). That’s an unusual distance in U.S. racing. Is it particularly challenging for the jockey to ride that distance? Javier Castellano: “We’re not used to that kind of racing … a very long distance. I’m very fortunate to be in good shape. To...

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