Castellano was thrown hard to the racetrack in Wednesday's eighth race after River Salt shattered her right front leg. He decided to go to North Shore hospital for X-rays on his neck and shoulder, and was released with a clean bill of health. River Salt was euthanized.Castellano, 25, continues to hold a commanding lead over Richard Migliore in the battle for leading rider honors at Aqueduct.
From NYRA press office:Javier Castellano returned to the races and to the winner's circle Thursday, less than 24 hours after narrowly escaping serious injury in a one-horse spill at Aqueduct. Castellano won Thursday's fifth race on favored Message Red, his second mount of the day."I'm feeling good," he said between races. "I'm so glad. I was very lucky yesterday. I watched the replay and when the horse tried to get up she almost kicked me."