Javier Castellano

Javier Castellano

Anne M. Eberhardt

Castellano Rides 5 Winners at Belmont Park

He is atop the jockey standings for the spring/summer meeting.

Javier Castellano shot past Cornelio Velasquez in the Belmont Park spring/summer jockey standings by winning five races June 2.

Entering the day two wins behind Velasquez, Castellano swept the first two races with Starsilhouette ($7.50) and Socialsaul ($11.40), with the early Daily Double returning $47.20. Third in race three and without a mount in race four, Castellano took race five with Those Lion Eyes ($3.40), part of a favored coupled entry; captured race six, the $40,000 Peace Emblem starter handicap, with Unaccountable ($6.50); and prevailed in race seven aboard Who’s On the Case ($12.60), completing a $70 Pick 3.

Castellano had the chance to break the New York Racing Association (NYRA) record for victories in a day, which stands at six, but his mounts in races eight and nine finished fifth and third, respectively.

Since the meet started April 29, Castellano has won 32 races, three more than Velasquez. Ramon Dominguez is third in the standings with 25 victories.