Castellano Will Appeal Five-Day Suspension

by Claire Novak
Javier Castellano became the second rider to receive a five-day suspension during Keeneland's 2006 spring meet when the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority ruled on an incident involving the 28-year-old jockey on Friday.

Castellano appealed the suspension Friday morning, and will be free to ride until his appeal is heard by the KHRA at a later date. Rafael Bejarano, also handed a five-day suspension this week at Keeneland, was granted an appeal and also faces a future hearing with the KHRA.

Castellano's suspension, applicable from May 2-6, was for an April 27 mishap involving three horses – the Nick Zito-trained D'court's Speed under Castellano, Sky Brio and jockey Jason Lumpkins, and Aventura Place with jockey Corey Lainerie aboard – in the third race. Lumpkins and Lainerie lodged claims of foul and a stewards' review resulted in the disqualification of Castellano's mount for interference in the stretch. D'court's Speed was placed third

As of April 27, Castellano ranked third in the standings at Keeneland with 12 wins from 48 starts. He ranked 16th in the nation with purse earnings of $2,485,896, a 17% win rate, and a 65-62-57 record from 387 starts in 2006.