Javier Castellano

Javier Castellano

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Three Honored by Jockeys' Guild

Guild honors Javier Castellano, Cody Jensen, and Nancy Kelly.

The Jockeys' Guild presented awards to three individuals for outstanding achievements and service to the horse industry Jan. 27 during its annual Assembly in Hollywood, Fla.

Javier Castellano was awarded the Laffit Pincay Jr. Award, presented to the Thoroughbred jockey for outstanding achievement during the year. En route to being awarded the 2013 Eclipse Award as outstanding jockey, Castellano set an earnings record of $26,213,507 and led all riders in wins with 362 including 61 stakes wins, 24 of which were graded. A perennial top 10 rider in mounts and earnings, Castellano followed his late father, Abel, and an uncle into racing in 1996 in his native Venezuela and moved his tack to South Florida in 1997.

Cody Jensen received the Jacky Martin Award, given to the outstanding Quarter Horse jockey for exceptional achievement during the past year. To cap off a banner year in 2013, Jensen, the son of a former jockey, picked up his first AQHA Champion Jockey Award after booting home the earners of $3,156,175. Jensen began his riding career at small tracks in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming with his first win coming in an $800 race in Malad, Idaho in 1993.

Nancy Kelly was presented the Eddie Arcaro Award, given to those who have shown exceptional commitment to jockeys and the Jockeys' Guild. A member of The Jockey Club staff since 1985, Kelly oversees all major fundraising for the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation or for The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation. The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation has distributed more than $14 million, with many of the requests from  jockeys and exercise riders who are in need because of illness, injury or difficult circumstances.

Working closely with racing organizations and the Racetrack Chaplaincy, The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation provides confidential financial assistance to those who work in every facet of the Thoroughbred industry. When not raising funds for  equine research, Kelly devotes her time and energy to the backstretch community or individuals who need more assistance than what The Jockey Club Safety Net Foundation can provide.

"These individuals have shown an exceptional commitment to racing, and are extremely deserving of their awards," said Terry Meyocks, national manager of the Jockeys' Guild.