Castellano Wins Six at Aqueduct
by Blood-Horse Staff
Date Posted: 11/9/2013 5:59:56 PM
Last Updated: 11/12/2013 11:31:25 AM
Javier Castellano celebrates his 6th win at Aqueduct on November 9.
Jockey Javier Castellano won six races at Aqueduct Racetrack Nov. 9, but missed what he thought was going to be his best mount of the day when Anjaz was scratched from the featured Long Island Handicap (gr. IIIT).
After winning with five of his first six rides, Castellano bounced back from his disappointment in the ninth and final race of the day, however. He piloted North Star Boy to win the nightcap and completed his first six-win day on the New York Racing Association circuit (VIDEO).
The leading rider in New York in 2013 with 217 victories, Castellano won the first five races in which he had a mount, all aboard favorites. He took both ends of the early daily double aboard Coup de Grace ($3) and Jeter ($6.50), then won the fourth race with Becky's Kitten ($6.60), the fifth on One Red Cat ($2.90) and race 6, the Summer Secretary overnight stakes, with Watsdachances ($4.20).
Sixth in race 7 and without a mount in race 8 after the scratch of morning-line favorite Anjaz from the Long Island Handicap, Castellano made it 6-for-7 aboard North Star Boy ($15), his only mount who did not go off as the betting favorite.
"When I came here this morning I was kind of disappointed to see my filly scratched from the stakes," said Castellano, a 36-year-old native of Venezuela. "All my horses today were live but I thought she was my best chance. I said, 'Let me ride it race by race,' and everything went right."
It was the first six-win day for a jockey in New York since the now-retired Ramon Dominguez went 6-for-7 Sept. 2, 2012 at Saratoga Race Course.
Castellano, the nation's leading rider in terms of both victories (313) and purses earned ($23.3 million), had twice ridden five winners this year in New York, on July 13 at Belmont Park, and on Sept. 2 at Saratoga.
"I'm very blessed; I've been having a wonderful year, winning the Breeders' Cup (Juvenile Fillies with Ria Antonia) and being the leading jockey at Belmont Park in the spring and fall, and at Saratoga," said Castellano. "I am so thankful to all the trainers who put so much confidence in me, especially Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher. I hope things can continue and that God gives me the strength to be strong."
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