Though he missed the opening weekend of Gulfstream Park's 2016-2017 Championship Meet with commitments out of town, jockey Javier Castellano is gearing up for a return to South Florida with his sights set on a sixth consecutive riding title.
A familiar name stands atop the final standings following the completion of the 2016 Penn Gaming Racing Challenge as jockey Javier Castellano claimed the title as top rider in the series for a third consecutive year.
Two dominating performances by juveniles happened back-to-back at Delta Downs Nov. 19 as Gunnevera, under jockey Javier Castellano, took the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) by 5 1/2 lengths.
The top two morning-line choices for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot (gr. III) pit east vs. west but the connections of each of the 10 juveniles entered have reason for optimism.
Zindaya capped what was quite a weekend for e Five Racing Thoroughbreds, Chad Brown, and Javier Castellano in the $200,000 Goldikova Stakes (gr. IIT) Nov. 6 at Santa Anita Park.
Michael Dubb was securely perched atop the owner's standings to lock in the 2016 Belmont Park fall meet owner's title.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Flintshire put in his final move in advance of the Nov. 5 Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) when he breezed five furlongs in 1:02.85 in company with stablemate Money Multiplier over the inner turf at Belmont Park Oct. 30.
A two-time allowance winner since moving to the barn of Chad Brown, Sheep Pond Partners, Newport Stables, and Bradley Thoroughbreds Roca Rojo broke through for her first graded win Oct. 23 in the $200,000 Athenia Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
China Horse Club and WinStar Farm's Theory parlayed his success from a standout debut win at Saratoga Race Course into the graded stakes ranks Oct. 15 with another impressive score in the $200,000 Futurity Stakes (gr. III) at Belmont Park.
After a second-place finish in her debut, e Five Racing Thoroughbreds' New Money Honey stepped up in a big way Oct. 2 to break her maiden in the $200,000 Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park.
After a poor performance in his first graded stakes try in the Travers Stakes (gr. I), late-developing 3-year-old Connect bounced back with a narrow win over Gun Runner in the $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II) Sept. 24 at Parx Racing.
In many ways the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIT) proved to be a tale of two trips, as winner Made You Look found room inside after a ground-saving trip while runner-up Keep Quiet (FR) raced wide throughout.
Juddmonte Farms' Flintshire got the most patient of rides from jockey Javier Castellano, shot through on the rail at the top of the stretch, and easily held off a late drive from Money Multiplier to dominate once again on U.S. soil.
St. Elias Stable's Nonna Mela wasn't supported too much at the betting windows, but put in the performance of a heavy favorite Aug. 19 in the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga Race Course.
Gunnevera, a son of Dialed In, rallied from last to win the Saratoga Special Stakes (gr. II) Aug. 14. With Javier Castellano up, the Antonio Sano-trained colt covered 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.00.
Don Alberto Stable's Guapaza, an import from Chile trained by Chad Brown, figures to take the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes (gr. IIIT) a long way Aug. 6 at Saratoga.
Juddmonte Farms homebred Flintshire had plenty of excuses not to win the $250,000 Bowling Green Stakes (gr. IIT) but didn't need to use any of them as he overcame a slow pace and trouble in the final turn.
GMB Racing's Mo Tom finally got a clean trip and showed just how good he can be June 25 in the $500,000 Ohio Derby Stakes at JACK ThistleDown Racino.
Grade III winner Mo Tom has several things in his favor for the June 25 Ohio Derby at Thistledown which is the reason he's the 5-2 favorite on the morning line.
Beating the light rain that began to fall at Belmont Park June 3, Todd Pletcher worked both his Belmont Stakes (gr. I) hopefuls, Destin and Stradivari, on the training track.
Trainer Chad Brown nominated four runners for the $300,000 Gamely (gr. IT) May 30 at Santa Anita Park, but only Martin Schwartz's Wekeela will make the trip out west.
Stonestreet Stables' Cavorting hasn't quite looked like her grade I-winning self in two starts following the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), but the Bernardini filly found her best stride again May 14 in the Ruffian Stakes (gr. II).
Cash is King's Cathryn Sophia rebounded from a third-place finish in the Central Bank Ashland Stakes (gr. I) with an impressive off-the-pace win in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) May 6 at Churchill Downs.
Keeneland concluded its spring meeting April 29 and reported gains in attendance and on-track and all-sources wagering.
German-bred Olorda has found new life racing on the lead, as evidenced by a gate-to-wire win the $150,000 Bewitch Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and mares April 29, closing day of the spring meet at Keeneland.
The Mike Venezia Memorial Award is presented each year to a jockey who demonstrates the extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship that defined its namesake, who won over 2,300 races.
Stanford, who just missed winning the $500,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) in his previous start, got the lion's share of a much bigger pot with a victory in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic (gr. II) April 23.
While he's unlikely for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), Collected put on a show in the $150,000 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) Saturday at Keeneland that suggests he could factor in this year's Triple Crown races.
Already a two-time grade I winner in route races, Sheer Drama opened her 6-year-old season with a top-level win sprinting in the Madison Stakes (gr. I) April 9 at Keeneland.
Teresa Viola Racing Stables' grade I winner Photo Call returned to her winning ways in the $200,000 Orchid Stakes (gr. IIIT) April 2 at Gulfstream Park.
Trainer Todd Pletcher, jockey Javier Castellano, and owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey were honored by Gulfstream Park April 1 for leading their respective standings during the 2015-2016 championship meet.
This week we take a closer look at Destin, winner of the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby on March 12 at Tampa Bay Downs.
Twin Creeks Racing Stables' Destin delivered a second straight stakes win at Tampa Bay Downs March 12, this time landing the track's top classic prep race: the $350,000 Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby Stakes (gr. II).
Brody's Cause and Destin, both graded stakes-winning sons of Giant's Causeway, head a field of 10 for the March 12 Tampa Bay Derby (gr. II).
Cathryn Sophia continued her rise as one of the key contenders on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks with a flawless performance Feb. 27 in the $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Davona Dale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
Victor Espinoza, a 43-year-old native of Mexico City, has been selected by a vote of jockeys nationwide as the winner of Santa Anita's highly coveted 2016 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award.
Phipps Stable homebred Reload opened his 7-year-old season with a bang, outlasting longshot Take the Stand (Arg) in the stretch to win the $150,000 Tampa Bay Stakes (gr. IIIT) Saturday, Feb. 13 on the turf at Tampa Bay Downs.
Last year Mshawish took the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap (gr. IT), but this season transitioned his form to dirt in brilliant style, and brought home the second grade I win of his career Feb. 6 at Gulfstream Park.
Connections of Keen Ice, Mshawish will use Feb. 6 race as guide for World Cup runs.
Javier Castellano was voted outstanding jockey after he exceeded his own previous single-season earnings record as his mounts in 2015 earned $28,120,767, surpassing his previous mark of $26,219,907 in 2013.
Team Valor International's Mexikoma, fifth in the Harlan's Holiday Stakes in his previous start in December, reeled in a determined Mr. Jordan in deep stretch to win the Sunshine Millions Classic Jan. 16 at Gulfstream Park.
Al Shaqab Racing's versatile Mshawish successfully transfered his graded stakes-winning form to the dirt Jan. 9, edging Valid by a head in the $150,000 Hal's Hope Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Al Shaqab Racing's Sandiva vied for command early and stayed on the pace before she took the lead off the turn and galloped away unchallenged to win the $150,000 Marshua's River (gr. IIIT) Jan. 9 at Gulfstream Park.
The late-closing Lochte is scheduled to seek his fourth straight stakes victory in Saturday's $200,000 Fort Lauderdale, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes for 4-year olds and up.
Gulfstream Park's Jan. 9 filly and mare turf stakes offers grade III status, plenty of possibilities.
Al Shaqab Racing's Mshawish, a multiple stakes winner on turf, will get another opportunity to transfer that form to dirt Jan. 9 in the $150,000 Hal's Hope (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup Classic winner American Pharoah established a single season record for earnings in 2015 while his owner, Zayat Stables LLC, finished the year as the leading owner by earnings.
Goldy Espony dictated the pace throughout the 1 1/2-mile La Prevoyante Stakes (gr. IIIT) and rolled to a clear win Dec. 26 at Gulfstream Park.
While she will start from the outside post in a field of 12, Goldy Espony will try for a fifth win in six starts when she goes in the $100,000 La Prevoyante Handicap (gr. III) Saturday.
Tommy Macho will try the Aqueduct inner track Dec. 19 when he faces an expected six rivals in the Queens County Stakes.
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