Jump to: navigation, search

Javier Castellano

Javier Castellano
110px only free-content images are allowed for depicting living people - see WP:NONFREE
Occupation Jockey
Birthplace Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela
Birth date October 23, 1977
Career wins ongoing
Major racing wins, honours & awards
Major racing wins

Miami Mile Handicap (1999, 2009)
Smile Sprint Handicap (2000)
Beldame Stakes (2001, 2004)
Clark Handicap (2003)
Woodward Stakes (2004)
Wood Memorial Stakes (2005)
Flash Stakes (2005)
Hill Prince Stakes (2005, 2006)
Jim Dandy Stakes (2006)
Jockey Club Gold Cup (2006)
Withers Stakes (2006)
Travers Stakes (2006)
Long Branch Stakes (2007)
Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap (2007, 2008)
Shirley Jones Handicap (2008)
Highlander Stakes (2008)
Man o' War Stakes (2008)
Garden City Handicap (2008)
Commonwealth Turf Stakes (2009)

American Classics / Breeders' Cup wins:
Preakness Stakes (2006)
Breeders' Cup Classic (2004)

International race wins:
Dubai Golden Shaheen (2005)
Connaught Cup Stakes (2006)
Woodbine Oaks (2008)
Canadian International Stakes (2008)
Significant horses
Ghostzapper, Bernardini, Red Rocks

Javier Castellano (born October 23, 1977 in Maracaibo, Zulia, Venezuela) is a jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing.

Castellano began his riding career in his native Venezuela in 1996 and in June 1997 moved to the United States where rode at race tracks in southern Florida until 2001 when he moved to race on the New York State racing circuit.

In 2004, Javier Castellano got his big break when he was the rider for Frank Stronach's colt Ghostzapper on whom he won several major races including the 2004 Breeders' Cup Classic. Ghostzapper was voted the 2004 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year and named the World's Top Ranked Horse. In 2006, Castellano rode Bernardini for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Darley Racing. Among his wins with Bernardini was the Preakness Stakes, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup.

Javier Castellano currently lives with his wife, Abby, and 2 daughters in Garden City, New York.

Selected wins



Premier Equine Classifieds


Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...

The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...

Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...

That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...