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PLETCHER PAIR EYEING DONN 'CAP
Trainer Todd Pletcher is pointing a pair of Grade 1 winners to the first major race for older horses in the country, the $500,000 Donn Handicap Feb. 7 at Gulfstream Park. more
DONN HANDICAP ON THE DOCKET FOR CONSTITUTION, DANZA
Trainer Todd Pletcher is pointing a pair of Grade 1 winners to the first major race for older horses in the country, the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) on February 7 at Gulfstream Park. more
BREEDERS' CUP: DAYATTHESPA WINS FILLY & MARE TURF
Dayatthespa led all the way to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf, giving trainer Chad Brown a 1-2 finish. more
BLOFELD STRONG CHOICE IN NASHUA
Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle two runners apiece in the Grade 3, $250,000 Nashua and Grade 3, $250,000 Tempted - a pair of juvenile stakes that highlight Sunday's card at Aqueduct Racetrack. more
CASTELLANO WILL RIDE MORENO IN BCUP CLASSIC
Moreno will have a new rider in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Trainer Eric Guillot said he is replacing Junior Alvarado, who rode the 4-year-old gelding in his last five starts, with Javier Castellano, who has won the last two riding titles at Saratoga. more
TODD PLETCHER WINS YET ANOTHER CHAMPAGNE STAKES
It may be time to add an asterisk to the name of the one-mile October two-year-old stake at Belmont Park. The Champagne Stakes*, where the asterisk shows trainer Todd Pletcher’s recent dominance of this race. With today’s easy victory by Daredevil, Pletcher has now won three Champagnes in a row, four out of the last five, and six overall. more
EVER RIDER SCORES FIRST U.S. STAKES IN TEMPERENCE HILL
ELMONT, N.Y. – Ever Rider, a stakes winner in Argentina, finally earned his first stakes victory in the U.S. on Saturday, rallying past the pace-setting Village Warrior to win the $200,000 Temperence Hill Invitational by a half-length at Belmont Park. more
MCLAUGHLIN MAIDEN IMPERIA TAKES PILGRIM
ELMONT, N.Y. - Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin doesn’t run a maiden in a graded stakes race very often, but he thought there was plenty more to gain than to lose by running Imperia in Sunday’ Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Park. more
LA MADRINA AND JOCKEY JAVIER CASTELLANO
La Madrina wins Belmont feature over Expression. NEW YORK (AP) — La Madrina and jockey Javier Castellano beat Expression by three lengths on Wednesday in the $78,400 wage feature for fillies and mares at Belmont Park. more
JAVIER CASTELLANO FINISHES ATOP JOCKEY STANDINGS
SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Heading into the final day of the Saratoga Race Course summer meet trailing by four wins, it would have taken a minor miracle for Irad Ortiz Jr. to defeat Javier Castellano in the jockey standings. more
DAYATTHESPA TAKES YADDO STAKES WITH STYLE
Grade I winner Dayatthespa, making a rare appearance against New York-breds, took control in the stretch and held steady for a 1 3/4-length victory in the $150,000 Yaddo Stakes Aug. 16 at Saratoga Race Course (VIDEO). more
THE BIG BEAST RUNS BIG
The Big Beast was just that in Saturday's Grade I King's Bishop, proving that he was capable of going forward in distance and class after taking a step up from his allowance win a little less than a month ago. more
TRAVERS UPSET: V. E. DAY OVER WICKED
Trainer Jimmy Jerkens had the best horse in the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (gr. I)—but it wasn't the one everyone was betting on. more
JAVIER CASTELLANO JOCKEYTALK360′S JOCKEY OF THE WEEK
Javier Castellano, currently North America’s leading jockey in purse earnings, continued his torrid pace with 12 wins last week at Saratoga and was chosen the JockeyTalk360.com Jockey of the Week. The title goes to the week’s outstanding jockey in the opinion of a panel of industry experts. They looked at races run from August 4-10. more
BOBBY'S KITTEN FAVORED IN HALL OF FAME STAKES
Bobby's Kitten, winner of this year's Penn Mile, has been made the 7-5 morning line favorite for Friday's $200,000 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf. more
UNDERCARD WRAP-UP: SUPER SAVER FILLY IMPRESSIVE IN RACE 3 ON SUNDAY
SARATOGA SPRINGS >> First-crop stallion Super Saver continues to impress at this year’s Saratoga meet. One day after his son Competitive Edge won a 2-year-old maiden special in fast time, the 2010 Kentucky Derby winner’s daughter, High Dollar Woman, proved best in Sunday’s third race. more
PLETCHER-REPOLE FILLY STOPCHARGINGMARIA ROMPS IN COACHING CLUB AMERICAN OAKS
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Stopchargingmaria charged four-wide into the Saratoga stretch, and Sunday's 98th Coaching Club American Oaks was history. The final quarter-mile of the 3-year-old filly's five-length runaway was a formality, punctuated by cheers among owner Mike Repole's large entourage. more
CASTELLANO TO CELEBRATE SPECIAL DAY AT DELPARK
This Saturday will be a very special day for Javier Castellano, the winner of the 2013 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey. He will not only mount aboard King of Prussia Stable’s Princess of Sylmar in the Grade I Delaware Handicap, but he will celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary as well. more
ALDOUS SNOW HOLDS ON TO WIN SINGSPIEL
Sam-Son Farm’s Aldous Snow, ridden by Javier Castellano, withstood a late charge by Perfect Timber to win the $178,200 Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes, one of three added-money events on the Queen’s Plate undercard, Sunday at Woodbine. more
WE MISS ARTIE SHOULD BE FAVOURITE TO WIN QUEEN'S PLATE
The Queen's Plate favourite in March is the Queen's Plate favourite in mid-June. more
WE MISS ARTIE, AT 1-5, WINS PLATE TRIAL
Back on Polytrack after a 10th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), We Miss Artie took charge in upper stretch and held off a tenacious Majestic Sunset to win the $150,000 Plate Trial Stakes (VIDEO) at Woodbine June 15. more
MANHATTAN HANDICAP GOES TO REAL SOLUTION
Elmont, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Real Solution, ridden by Javier Castellano, outlasted nine rivals Saturday to capture the $1 million Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park in the final race before the 146th Belmont Stakes. Trained by Chad Brown for Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Real Solution was running third in the 1 1/4-mile turf race while 16-1 longshot Five Iron set the pace. The longshot, ridden by Luis Saez, had a monster lead up the backstretch, but began to tire on the final turn. more
BOBBY'S KITTEN MUCH THE BEST IN PENN MILE
Trainer Chad Brown won two of the four six-figure stakes races Saturday night at Penn National when Bobby’s Kitten scored sharply in the $500,000 Penn Mile and Last Gunfighter slogged his way to a narrow victory in the $200,000 Mountainview Handicap. more
TIGHTEND TOUCHDOWN REPEATS IN PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR'S CUP
The tactics were different, but the result was the same when Tightend Touchdown returned to defend his title in Saturday’s $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor’s Cup. more
LAST GUNFIGHTER PREVAILS IN MOUNTAINVIEW SHOOTOUT
John Gunther's homebred Last Gunfighter came out on top in a duel worthy of the OK Corral in a thrilling $200,000 Mountainview Handicap at Penn National on Saturday. more
EX-CLAIMER WALLYANNA SCORES IN JAMES W. MURPHY
BALTIMORE – Wallyanna was claimed for only $35,000 two starts back in March. Now, he’s a stakes winner. more
MEADOWOOD, CLASS LEADER WIN STAKES AT PIMLICO
Meadowood caught pacesetter Brewing nearing the sixteenth pole and shook clear to a three-length win the $100,000 Chick Lang Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters May 17 at Pimlico Race Course (VIDEO). more
TODD PLETCHER FILLY WINS BLACK-EYED SUSAN
BALTIMORE – Coming off two straight disappointing performances, Stopchargingmaria returned to form in a big way. more
COFFEE CLIQUE CHARGES LATE TO WIN CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MILE
Coffee Clique staved off a strong push from upset-minded Dame Marie to win the Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile on Saturday afternoon. more
INTEGRITY WINS BELMONT’S ELUSIVE QUALITY STAKES
NEW YORK — Integrity was the pacesetting winner of the $95,000 Elusive Quality Stakes on Thursday, the opening day feature at Belmont Park. more
UNITARIAN PULLS OFF UPSET IN KEENELAND'S FINALE
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The final stakes race of Keeneland's spring meet on Friday, the $250,000 Dixiana Elkhorn, was a wide-open Grade II affair. The 1½-mile turf event had seasoned veterans, millionaires Royal Bench and Forte Dei Marmi among them, but a colt just one start removed from the allowance ranks blossomed at the right time. more
READY TO ACT LAUNCHES FROM LAST, GOES STRAIGHT FOR THE WIN AT KEENELAND'S BEAUMONT ST
Ready to Act's first attempt at a graded stakes win literally resulted in near disaster. Clearly in front in last September's Grade II Natalma Stakes, the daughter of More Than Ready basically did a left-hand turn in the stretch, unseating her rider and nearly causing a pile up in her wake. more
HARD NOT TO LIKE GETS G1 WIN
Hillsbrook Farm's homebred Hard Not to Like speared through late on the inside in Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes at Keeneland, notching her first top-level victory at odds of 13-1. Under Javier Castellano, the Michael Matz mare denied Discreet Marq by a half-length in a blanket finish. more
KEENELAND JOCKEYS IN THE SPOTLIGHT: JAVIER CASTELLANO
The Keeneland race meet, one of Lexington's signature events, continues through April 25, with Throroughbred racing and all the hoopla that surrounds it. more
FLORIDA DERBY: CONSTITUTION BEATS WILDCAT RED IN THRILLER
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Constitution showed a new dimension while also keeping his record unblemished going into the Kentucky Derby when outfinishing a game Wildcat Red to post a well-deserved neck decision in Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. more
GULFSTREAM PARK: MICROMANAGE FALLS INTO PERFECT TRIP FROM POST 10 IN SKIP AWAY
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Parlay an outside draw, the addition of blinkers and, more importantly, the red-hot duo of trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey Javier Castellano, and what does it all add up to? A convincing 4 1/4-length victory by Micromanage in Saturday’s $100,000 Skip Away at Gulfstream Park. more
GULFSTREAM OAKS: IN TUNE STAYS UNBEATEN WITH HARD-FOUGHT WIN
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Trainer Todd Pletcher maintained his recent dominance of the Grade 2, $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks as In Tune remained undefeated with a gutty neck victory over House Rules, likely sending her to Louisville for the May 2 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. more
SMALL FLORIDA DERBY FIELD HAS MUCH SPEED
The Florida Derby strategy game got off to an early start at the draw for post positions Wednesday. more
CASTELLANO NOTCHES 100 GULFSTREAM WINTER MEET WINNERS FOR THIRD YEAR
Two-time defending Champions meet champion rider Javier Castellano had one win on Friday, giving him 100 for the third consecutive winter. more
GULFSTREAM TODAY
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Eased in her first race at the current Champions meet, Believe in Charlie has been perfect ever since. more
ONLYFORYOU A CLEAR WINNER
Onlyforyou remained undefeated from four career starts with a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Davona Dale at Gulfstream Park. more
GULFSTREAM PARK: RELOAD GIVES CASTELLANO SIXTH WIN OF CARD IN CANADIAN TURF
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Reload parlayed a dream trip under a sizzling Javier Castellano to become a graded stakes winner for the first time when he slipped along the rail to wear down Mr. Online by a neck to capture Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf at Gulfstream Park. more
DEVIL'S CAVE SETS NEW TRACK
Alpha Delta Stables' Devil's Cave wired the field in record fashion in Sunday's Grade 2, $215,000 Sabin Stakes at Gulfstream Park en route to a 3 ½-length victory. more
DERBY PREP RACES
• Gulfstream Park: In another non-points Derby prep, Florida-bred Wildcat Red, $6, delivered as promised by confident trainer Jose Garoffalo in the $200,000, Grade III Hutcheson Stakes over 7 furlongs. With Javier Castellano aboard, the 2-1 favorite Wildcat Red ranged up to the lead turning for home and drew away to a 4¾-length win over C. Zee. more
JAVIER CASTELLANO INTERVIEW – FEBRUARY 1, 2014
Mike Penna interviews Jockey Javier Castellano on the February 1st edition of the Equine Forum. more
MIGHTY BROWN TO CHALLENGE WILDCAT RED IN HUTCHESON
Hallandale Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Wildcat Red will have the home track advantage over Mighty Brown in Saturday's $200,000 Hutcheson Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Ten 3-year-olds have been entered in the seven-furlong test. more
GULFSTREAM: READY TO ACT VEERS DOWN THE STRETCH FOR SWEETEST CHANT WIN
Hardly a model racehorse in recent starts, Ready to Act once again ran erratically Sunday at Gulfstream Park. more
GULFSTREAM PARK: ONLYFORYOU GIVES PLETCHER THIRD STRAIGHT WIN IN FORWARD GAL STAKES
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Onlyforyou kept her record unblemished and gave trainer Todd Pletcher his third straight Forward Gal Stakes win after pulling away through the final furlong to a 2 3/4-length victory over Aurelia’s Belle in the Grade 2 dash for 3-year-old fillies. more
CASTELLANO NAMED TOP JOCKEY
Javier Castellano won his first Eclipse Award with a record-breaking year in 2013. The jockey rode mounts that earned $26,213,507, surpassing Ramon Dominguez's previous mark of $25,634,852 from 2012. more
JAVIER CASTELLANO WINS 1ST ECLIPSE AWARD AS HORSE RACING'S TOP JOCKEY
HALLANDALE BEACH, Florida — Javier Castellano has won his first Eclipse Award as horse racing's top jockey. more
REVOLUTIONARY RETURNS WITH FIRST 2014 WIN
Hallandale Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary made a successful return to the races Saturday at Gulfstream Park with a late-running victory over the main track. more
2013 ECLIPSE AWARDS: JAVIER CASTELLANO
Javier Castellano emerged as the dominant force among jockeys in 2013. He set an industry standard for mount earnings in North America and led all riders in wins by a clear margin, with 362. Along the way were 24 graded stakes victories, and for his unforgettable year Castellano is an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding jockey for the third time. more
CASTELLANO, JACOBSON TOP NYRA STANDINGS
Javier Castellano earned his first year-end riding title and David Jacobson stood alone atop the trainer standings on The New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit in 2013. more
CAREER YEAR FOR JOCKEY CASTELLANO INCLUDES BREAKING SINGLE-SEASON EARNINGS RECORD
He’s among the quieter riders out there, seldom seeking the spotlight, but as 2013 comes to a close, jockey Javier Castellano may well be on the verge of winning his first Eclipse Award. more
CASTELLANO CLOSE TO EARNINGS RECORD
Castellano burst upon the national scene as the regular rider for 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper (Matt Wooley/EquiSport Photos) Jockey Javier Castellano, the current leading North American rider in both money earned and wins, is close to breaking the all-time single-season earnings record of $25,634,852 set by Ramon Dominguez in 2012. more
HONOR CODE HAS MCGAUGHEY THINKING KENTUCKY DERBY AGAIN
Shug McGaughey saddled his first Kentucky Derby winner when Orb won America’s most famous race on the first Saturday of May this year. more
AQUEDUCT: WEDDING TOAST DIGS DEEP TO TAKE COMELY
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – In an early toast to the holiday season, heavily favored Wedding Toast edged rank outsider Toasting by a head in Saturday’s Grade 3, $400,000 Comely Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, giving Javier Castellano his fourth win on the card. more
AQUEDUCT: COMANDANTE TAKES THUNDER RUMBLE STAKES
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Those looking to get an early jump on handicapping Wednesday’s card at Aqueduct can scratch Comandante from the seventh race. more
MISS MISCHIEF BEATS INDIAN SPLENDOR BY 6 LENGTHS IN BIG A’S PEARL CITY STAKES
NEW YORK — Miss Mischief posted a six-length win over Indian Splendor on Wednesday in the $98,000 Pearl City Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Aqueduct. more
AQUEDUCT: CASTELLANO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL AFTER SPILL
Javier Castellano was unseated when his mount Atlantic Dream stumbled and fell after finishing last in the ninth race at Aqueduct on Wednesday, and was taken to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., for tests, after first being transported to track first aid and complaining of chest pain. more
JAVIER CASTELLANO WINS SIX AT AQUEDUCT
The day didn’t start well for Javier Castellano. The 36-year-old jockey showed up at Aqueduct on Saturday morning only to find out his mount, Anjaz, the 5-2 morning line favorite in the $200,000 Long Island Handicap had been scratched more
RIA ANTONIA WINS
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Ria Antonia was declared the winner of the $2 million Juvenile Fillies after She's a Tiger was disqualified and placed second at the Breeders' Cup. Secret Compass broke down going into the final turn, and had to be euthanized. more
BELMONT PARK: STORMING INTI, RECEPTA, TEA TIME WIN CLOSING-DAY STAKES
Putting an exclamation point on Belmont’s fall meet for leading trainer Chad Brown and leading rider Javier Castellano, Storming Inti ($6.30) stalked 17-1 longshot Tuscan Getaway into the stretch and edged past that stubborn rival to win Sunday’s Awad Stakes – the third $100,000 overnight stakes on an all-2-year-old program on getaway day. more
BROWN, CASTELLANO EARN LEADING TITLES UPON CONCLUSION OF BELMONT'S FALL MEET
For the second straight year, Chad Brown reigned as the leading trainer during the Belmont Park fall meet with 26 wins, while Javier Castellano continued his strong run by winning 55 races en route to his third straight on the New York Racing Association (NYRA) circuit. more
BAFFLE ME, WEDDING TOAST WIN BELMONT'S STAKES
NEW YORK (AP) — Baffle Me and Wedding Toast, both odds-on favorites ridden by Javier Castellano, won the $100,000 stakes Friday at Belmont Park. more
BELMONT PARK: LAST GUNFIGHTER PRE-ENTERED FOR BREEDERS' CUP CLASSIC
ELMONT, N.Y. – Last Gunfighter, winner of a trio of Grade 3 races this year including the Pimlico Special, was pre-entered Monday for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic and will be ridden in the race by Javier Castellano, trainer Chad Brown said. more
CLUSTER OF STARS STAYS UNBEATEN IN IROQUOIS
Undefeated Cluster of Stars rolled to her seventh consecutive win when she outclassed five New York-bred opponents in frontrunning style by 3 1/4 lengths in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes Oct. 19 at Belmont Park. more
BOBBY'S KITTEN CRUSHES FOES
Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Bobby's Kitten threw down the gauntlet to his prospective challengers in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf by dismantling Sunday's Grade 3, $200,000 Pilgrim, a "Win and You're In" event at Belmont Park. Trained by Chad Brown and almost too eager to handle for new rider Javier Castellano, the 9-5 favorite romped by 6 1/4 lengths over stablemate Shadow Banking. more
BABY J EDGED MARACUYA BY A NECK IN BELMONT’S CATINCA STAKES
NEW YORK — Baby J edged Maracuya by a neck Wednesday in the $90,000 Catinca Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. more
BELDAME: PRINCESS OF SYLMAR UPSETS ROYAL DELTA
ELMONT, N.Y. – The princess has morphed into a queen. more
BIGMAN IN TOWN WINS NGC/CNG DERBY
For another year, there was no Triple Crown winner, as Bigman In Town romped home winner more
BELMONT: CLUSTER OF STARS STAYS PERFECT BY TAKING GALLANT BLOOM
Another year, another layoff winner in the Gallant Bloom Handicap for Steve Asmussen, as Cluster of Stars returned from an absence of better than five months to lead the Grade 2 sprint at Belmont Park from start to finish, emulating what former stablemate Dust and Diamonds did off a two-month absence a year ago. more
CASTELLANO, MARAGH SQUARE OFF ON DERBY DAY
TOP American-based jockey Javier Castellano will be aboard leading owner Shivam Maharaj’s Woden in the sixth race of the NGC-sponsored 11-race Republic Day card at Santa Rosa Park, Arima. more
BELMONT PARK: KHARAFA BY A HEAD IN ASHLEY T. COLE STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – Trainer Tim Hills felt that Kharafa made the lead prematurely when he was beaten a length in the West Point Handicap at Saratoga and made a rider change in hopes of getting an off-the-pace-type trip in Sunday’s $150,000 Ashley T. Cole Stakes at Belmont Park. more
BELMONT PARK: CASTELLANO TO RIDE ORB IN JOCKEY CLUB GOLD CUP
ELMONT, N.Y. - Javier Castellano will ride Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park on Sept. 28, trainer Shug McGaughey said Friday. more
BELMONT PARK: HYPER GIVES RAMSEYS ANOTHER STAKES WIN IN BOWLING GREEN
ELMONT, N.Y. - Different venue, same results for Ken and Sarah Ramsey and Javier Castellano. more
CASTELLANO RIDES BIGMAN IN TOWN IN TRINIDAD DERBY
TOP jockey Javier Castellano will be joined by Jamaica-born rider Ranjiv Maragh in Trinidad on Derby Day, September 24, at Santa Rosa Park, Arima. more
SARATOGA: PLETCHER, CASTELLANO, RAMSEYS WIN MEET TITLES
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – There never was any real suspense in the race for leading owner, trainer, and jockey at the sesquicentennial Saratoga meet. On Sunday, one day before the meet ended, the leaders in those categories were honored in a ceremony in the winner’s circle following the seventh race. more
SARATOGA: SAMITAR GETS HARD-FOUGHT WIN IN SPEED BOAT STAKES
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Trainer Chad Brown thought long and hard about whether to run or scratch Grade 1 winner Samitar from Sunday’s $100,000 Speed Boat Stakes due to the condition of the turf course, which had been softened by rain over the previous 48 hours. But in the end, he made the right decision, leaving Samitar in to register a hard-fought neck victory over a game Baffle Me in the overnight stakes for fillies and mares. more
BASHART NEVER LOOKS BACK IN WITH ANTICIPATION
Wheeled back in 11 days after breaking his maiden, Bashart led all the way to capture the $200,000 With Anticipation Stakes (gr. IIIT) with style Aug. 29 on the turf at Saratoga Race Course. more
RAMSEYS SET NEW SARATOGA WIN RECORD
With Granny Mc’s Kitten’s victory in the $100,000 P.G. Johnson on Wednesday, owners Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey set a modern-day record for single-meet victories at Saratoga Race Course. more
IMAGINING OVERCOMES STRONG FIELD TO WIN IDLE RICH STAKES
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The field for Sunday’s sixth race, the $100,000 Idle Rich Stakes, was one of the strongest assembled for an overnight stakes this summer. Not all starters were having their best year in 2013, but 6-of-7 had at least a fair amount of experience at the graded-stakes level. Imagining, the 6-5 choice, was coming off an unplaced effort as the favorite in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes on Preakness Day at Pimlico. more
ESCAPEFROMREALITY WINS $150,000 ALBANY STAKES
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Escapefromreality, ridden by Javier Castellano, grimly held off heavily favored Amberjack to win the $150,000 Albany Stakes for 3-year-olds bred in New York Wednesday at Saratoga Race Course. more
CASTELLANO PICKS UP TRAVERS MOUNT ON ROMANSH
Godolphin Stable's Romansh will have a new rider when he makes his next start in Saturday's Grade 1 Travers more
PRINCESS OF SYLMAR EARNS THIRD STRAIGHT GRADE 1 VICTORY WITH CONVINCING WIN IN ALABAMA STA
SARATOGA SPRINGS — When asked what he was thinking after winning his first Grade 1 Alabama, trainer Todd Pletcher exhibited a dry humor that has, by now, become his trademark. more
DAYATTHESPA WINS AT SARATOGA
Heavily favored Dayatthespa took control leaving the stretch turn and won the $150,000 Yaddo Stakes for fillies and mares bred in New York by 1¾ lengths Friday at Saratoga Race Course. more
CASTELLANO, BALANCE THE BOOKS OVERCOME SLOW START IN STROLL STAKES WIN
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Wednesday’s card at Saratoga Race Course boasted two stakes races on the schedule, but Javier Castellano’s victory on Balance the Books in The Stroll was about as exciting as it gets at the Spa. more
PRINCESS OF SYLMAR TAKES ON FIVE IN ALABAMA
Top rated 3-year-old filly Princess of Sylmar will face five rivals Saturday in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. more
FIRST WINNER FOR COSMONAUT
Multiple Grade 3-scoring millionaire Cosmonaut (Lemon Drop Kid) was represented by his first winner as a sire on Thursday when his juvenile son Marvin's Miracle captured the 5TH race at Saratoga. With Javier Castellano aboard, the Juan Coronel pupil tracked the pace on the backstretch before rounding the turn four wide and getting up for the three-quarter length victory in a final time of 1:43 4/5 for 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf. more
SARATOGA: FROSTY BAY RALLIES TO WIN STATUE OF LIBERTY
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Considering she had just won a division of the New York Stallion Stakes at Belmont Park - beating four of the same horses she was facing Thursday - Frosty Bay was pretty cold on the tote board for the $100,000 Statue of Liberty division of the stallion stakes. more
LOOKING OUT FOR NUMBER 1
Javier Castellano, one of the leading riders in the country, found a part-time job earlier this week. more
JOCKEYS SURPRISE FANS AT DUNKIN' DONUTS
SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Dunkin' Donuts customers got quite a surprise on Monday morning when they stopped in for their morning coffee. more
DRF BREEDING STANDOUT: KING CYRUS DOMINANT IN SARATOGA DEBUT
King Cyrus was much the best in his debut effort, powering down the final eighth of a mile of the Saratoga Race Course stretch on Monday to best a maiden special weight field by 11 lengths. more
HORSE RACING: HYPER WINS JOHN’S CALL STAKES WITH JAVIER CASTELLANO ABOARD
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Hyper had put in some solid turf efforts this year, finishing strongly and hitting the board in five starts at distances between 8 1/2 and 10 furlongs. Turned loose at 13 furlongs in Wednesday’s $100,000 John’s Call Stakes, the 6-year-old horse found the extra real estate to his liking, rolling through the stretch to win Saratoga’s longest stakes on the flat by 1 3/4 lengths. more
SATURDAY UNDERCARD: CASTELLANO RIDES CAIXA ELETRONICA TO VICTORY IN 1ST RACE AT SARATOGA R
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Caixa Eletronica can beat you in all sorts of ways, on the front end or from way back, on dry tracks or wet, and at distances from six to nine furlongs. more
'PRINCESS' WINS CCA OAKS
Princess of Sylmar was much the best in the $294,000 TVG Coaching Club American Oaks, adding the July 20 Saratoga Race Course fixture to her earlier win in the Kentucky Oaks this spring for Ed Stanco's King of Prussia Stable and trainer Todd Pletcher. more
CASTELLANO TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL JOCKEYS’ CHALLENGE
Xpressbet is pleased to announce the participation of top-rider Javier Castellano in the 5th International Jockeys’ Challenge, sponsored by the Turkish Jockey Club. This year’s Jockeys’ Challenge will take place at Istanbul’s Veliefendi Racecourse on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. more
ABBY CASTELLANO JOCKEY JAVIER CASTELLANO WIFE
Abby Castellano is Javier Castellano’s wife, she grew up with racing, so she knows well what this kind of life is like. Still, there are challenges. more
BELMONT PARK: CASTELLANO HAS FIVE-WIN DAY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Though he was second-best in the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes, jockey Javier Castellano enjoyed a huge Saturday, winning five races at Belmont Park. more
BELMONT BLOG FOR THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013
8TH: Castellano brought home his 61stwinner of the meet and third of the afternoon when he rallied Samitar from off the pace to take the Fairy Garden Stakes as the 4-5 favorite. Baffle Me set the pace and lasted to be second best while Future Generation was never a factor. more
BELMONT PARK: STORMY LEN, HARDEST CORE TAKING ON OLDER RIVALS
Hardest Core and Stormy Len, two lightly-raced 3-year-olds who have flashed some potential, oppose their elders in Thursday’s $77,000 allowance feature. more
BELMONT PARK: WEDNESDAY PICK-SIX CARRYOVER OF $248,140; STREET SECRET WINS OPEN MIND
There will be a pick-six carryover of $248,140 at Belmont Park on Wednesday after the wager wasn’t hit over the weekend. more
COLONIAL DOWNS: CHANNEL LADY GETS CLASS RELIEF IN ALL ALONG STAKES
Stephanie’s Kitten, Centre Court, Hungry Island, Daisy Devine – Channel Lady has faced the best female grass horses stationed east of the Mississippi this year, and the class relief provided by a trip to Virginia should make her formidable in the Grade 3, $100,000 All Along Stakes on Saturday night at Colonial Downs. more
CHANNEL LADY TAKES ALL ALONG
Splitting rivals down the stretch, Channel Lady overtook front running Welcome Dance and Appealing Cat to win the $100,000 Edward P. Evans All Along Stakes June 22 at Colonial Downs. more
BELMONT BLOG FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013
I can’t believe it, a month from today and I’ll be driving up to Saratoga for another summer at the Spa more
TOP JOCKEY RIDES INTO NASSAU FOR VITAL CAUSE
Javier Castellano makes plea for disabled jockeys. more
BELMONT: LOVELY SYN REMAINS UNBEATEN BY ROMPING IN BOUWERIE
ELMONT, N.Y. - In what amounted to little more than a paid public workout, Lovely Syn rolled to a 10 1/4 length victory in Saturday’s $125,000 Bouwerie Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. more
'GUNFIGHTER' WINS PIMLICO SPECIAL
Odds-on choice Last Gunfighter collared pacesetter Eighttofasttocatch in the final furlong and drew off by 4 ¼ lengths for his sixth consecutive victory May 17 in the $300,000 Pimlico Special in Baltimore, Md. more
SEVEN TO MIX IT UP IN PIMLICO SPECIAL
Last Gunfighter, perfect in his last five starts, will take on six challengers in Friday's $300,000 Pimlico Special at Pimlico Race Course. The 1 3/16-mile race is conducted at the same distance as the Preakness Stakes. more
BELMONT: DAYATTHESPA SCORES COMEBACK WIN IN YOU GO WEST
As widely expected, Dayatthespa made a successful return to the races at Belmont Park on Sunday, laying just off early pacesetter My Jopia to the far turn, taking command on the turn, and shrugging off a challenge from Kibosh to win the $90,000 You Go West Girl Stakes for New York-bred fillies and mares. more
NOBLE TUNE SINGS IN AMERICAN TURF STAKES
Noble Tune and jockey Javier Castellano skimmed the inside rail to take the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on Friday’s Kentucky Oaks undercard. This was the colt’s fourth win in five starts, and second graded stakes victory for trainer Chad Brown and owners Martin Schwartz and Dell Ridge Farm LLC. more
2013 KENTUCKY DERBY FIELD, ODDS
Field for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Click horse names to access contender profiles including race record, replays, and handicapping analysis video by Dan Illman and Mike Beer. more
JAVIER CASTELLANO
Castellano began his riding career in 1996 in his native country of Venezuela. In 1997 he came to the United States to ride and had his first winner at Calder that same year. He scored his biggest victories with Ghostzapper in the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Bernardini in the 2006 Preakness. Other top horses include Union Rags, Stay Thirsty, Hilda's Passion, Red Rocks, and Telling. more
KENTUCKY DERBY POST POSITIONS SET
The post positions for 20 Kentucky Derby entries are set after the draw was completed on Wednesday afternoon. The early favorite, Orb, drew post position 16 and carries morning line odds of 7-2. Verrazano and Goldencents are the next choices at odds of 4-1 and 5-1 respectively. Verrazano will break from gate 14, and Goldencents will start from post position eight. more
KAUAI KATIE, AT 1-20 ODDS, EASILY WINS ROAD PRINCESS STAKES ON AQUEDUCT’S CLOSING DAY
NEW YORK — Kauai Katie, sent off at odds of 1-20 after two dominant stakes wins at Gulfstream Park, captured the $71,250 Road Princess Stakes by 3¼ lengths on the closing day of the Aqueduct meet. more
HAWTHORNE: DISPOSABLEPLEASURE GIVES PLETCHER ANOTHER SIXTY SAILS
STICKNEY, Ill. – Considering how little his day-to-day has to do with Chicago racing, Todd Pletcher has carved quite a niche in the Grade 3 Sixty Sails Handicap. Pletcher won his fourth Sixty Sails on Saturday with Disposablepleasure, who, like his previous race winners, Fleet Indian and Life At Ten, looked like a very progressive horse winning here at Hawthorne. more
CASTELLANO PICKS HIS DERBY MOUNT
Jockey Javier Castellano has committed to ride Fox Hill Farms' Wood Memorial runner-up Normandy Invasion in the Kentucky Derby, leaving Louisiana Derby winner Revolutionary open, agent Matt Muzikar confirmed April 11. more
NORMANDY INVASION TO ARRIVE AT CHURCHILL ON SUNDAY
Wood Memorial runner-up Normandy Invasion will be arriving at Churchill Downs on Sunday, April 14 ahead of the Kentucky Derby on May 4. more
LOUISIANA DERBY WINNER REVOLUTIONARY WILL STOP AT FARM BEFORE SETTLING IN AT CHURCHILL DOW
Revolutionary, winner of the Louisiana Derby on Saturday, will ship to WinStar Farm in Kentucky along with New Orleans Handicap winner Graydar for a few days before moving on to Churchill Downs later in the week. more
UNLIMITED BUDGET TAKES FAIR GROUNDS OAKS
Unlimited Budget continues to show limitless potential as the undefeated Street Sense filly appears poised for the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) after a 1 3/4-length victory in the $500,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) Saturday, March 30 (VIDEO). more
LOUISIANA DERBY: REVOLUTIONARY'S WIN MARKS HIM SERIOUS KENTUCKY DERBY THREAT
NEW ORLEANS – Whether he comes inside and knifes through traffic, or takes the scenic route and goes around everyone, Revolutionary is moving forward like a horse to be reckoned with in the Kentucky Derby on May 4. more
FAIR GROUNDS SET FOR REVOLUTIONARY FERVOUR
REVOLUTIONARY (Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano) is the most prominent Kentucky Derby contender in a 14-horse field for the Louisiana Derby, $1 million highlight of a lavishly endowed card at Fair Grounds full of Graded stakes. more
GULFSTREAM PARK: TWILIGHT ECLIPSE DELIVERS WORLD-RECORD PERFORMANCE IN PAN AMERICAN
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Twilight Eclipse got the firm ground he needed and added distance he loves, that combination resulting in not only a four-length victory over Ioya Bigtime in Saturday’s $150,000 Pan American Stakes at Gulfstream Park but a world record in the process. more
AQUEDUCT NOTES: CAIXA ELETRONICA SUCCESSFUL IN RETURN
OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Caixa Eletronica made a successful 8-year-old debut, recording a front-running, 2 3/4-length victory in Thursday’s $75,000 Uncle Mo Stakes at Aqueduct. Broad Rule, who challenged Caixa Eletronica on the lead, finished second. more
5 WIN DAY FOR JOCKEY JAVIER CASTELLANO
Jockey Javier Castellano rode five winners on Saturday at Gulfstream, including riding Discreet Dancer to victory in the Gulfstream Handicap. more
DISCREET DANCER WINS GP 'CAP
Discreet Dancer picked up the pieces of an incident-marred running of the $300,000 Gulfstream Park Handicap at Gulfstream Park March 9 when Breeders' Cup Classic winner Fort Larned stumbled at the start, dropped jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. over his right shoulder, and was declared a non-finisher. more
CASTELLANO IS LIVING A CHILDHOOD DREAM
Thirty years have passed, but Javier Castellano recently recalled a favorite childhood memory with all the excitement and passion that would inspire a 5-year-old boy to become one of the most successful and celebrated jockeys in the world. more
BORN TO RIDE: JAVIER CASTELLANO
Thirty years have passed, but Javier Castellano recently recalled a favorite childhood memory with all the excitement and passion that would inspire a 5-year-old boy to become one of the most successful and celebrated jockeys in the world. more
FAVORED DATA LINK CHARGES LATE FOR G3 CANADIAN TURF STAKES
Stuart S. Janney III’s Kentucky homebred 5-year-old Data Link was sent off the 11-to-10 favorite in a solid field of 10 older horses to run in Saturday’s $150,000 Canadian Turf Stakes (G3) at Gulfstream Park, and proved best, rallying down the outside to score by a length over Joseph Witek’s 5-year-old Joes Blazing Aaron in the one mile turf test. more
GULFSTREAM PARK: CHANNEL LADY PROVES UNCATCHABLE IN SUWANNEE RIVER
Channel Lady was intent on getting the early lead and was equally intent on never relinquishing it, taking Saturday’s Grade 3, $150,000 Suwannee River Stakes at Gulfstream Park by three-quarters of length. more
REVOLUTIONARY FIRMLY ON DERBY TRAIL
What WinStar Farm's Revolutionary lacks in seasoning he made up for in heart at Aqueduct Racetrack Feb. 2, closing late with a tremendously game effort to win the $200,000 Withers Stakes by a neck. more
THE DAY AT THE RACES: FEB. 3
Revolutionary earned 10 points toward the May 4 Kentucky Derby with his win in Saturday’s Withers Stakes at Aqueduct, but he should have gotten more. more
UNDEFEATED CLUSTER OF STARS STAGES UPSET IN CORRECTION AFTER THRILLING STRETCH DUEL
Turtle Bird Stable’s lightly raced 4-year-old Cluster of Stars (Greeley’s Galaxy) went to a perfect three-for-three in her stakes debut, winning a hard-fought stretch duel to spoil Nicole H’s title defense in the $100,000 Correction Stakes on Saturday at Aqueduct. more
PREMIER STEPS WINS SWEETEST CHANT STAKES
HALLANDALE BEACH — Trainer Chad Brown admitted that it was his fault that Premier Steps had a less than stellar American debut last November. more
TEAKS NORTH, REGALO MIA WIN SM TURF RACES
In the Florida Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf Stakes, Regalo Mia secured her first career stakes win by holding off a pair of mares with a combined 16 career wins in runner-up Hooh Why and third-place finisher and 4-5 favorite Romacaca. more
$150,000 FLORIDA SUNSHINE MILLIONS FILLY & MARE TURF QUOTES
Jockey Javier Castellano (Regalo Mia): "I handicapped the race and I didn't see much speed and was afraid Hooh Why and Romacaca would control the race. I expected to be closer to the pace, but my horse was off the bridle in the beginning while getting used to the soft ground, but she loved the surface. Turning for home when I asked for more she responded very well, it was a great performance from her. This was her first time on the soft ground and she handled it wonderfully." more
2012 ECLIPSE AWARDS: JAVIER CASTELLANO
Javier Castellano has never experienced a better year in the saddle than the one he had in 2012. He won 325 races for mount earnings of $22,441,852 and is an Eclipse Award finalist for outstanding jockey. His highlight reel includes eight Grade 1 wins, topped by Zagora’s victory in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf. more
VIOLENCE WINS CASHCALL FUTURITY
Favored Violence remained unbeaten in three starts when he ran down front-running Fury Kapcori for victory in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity, the final graded stakes of the autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park Dec. 15. more
ODE TO SAMI WINS BIG A FEATURE
NEW YORK — Ode to Sami rallied from last to beat the pacesetting Natalie Victoria by a half-length Friday in the $69,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Aqueduct. more
HOLLYWOOD PARK: UNBRIDLED COMMAND MAKES PATIENCE PAY OFF IN HOLLYWOOD DERBY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Six months ago, Unbridled Command did not have the poise to wait through the first half of a race and then make a sustained bid when asked by a rider. more
CAIXA ELETRONICA TOTES 133 TO VICTORY IN FALL HIGHWEIGHT
Repole Stable's Caixa Eletronica continued to pay dividends on the claim made on him by Mike Repole as the 7-year-old by Arromanches captured the Grade 3 Fall Highweight Handicap at Aqueduct on Thanksigiving Day. He carried 133 pounds to victory, govering six furlongs in 1:08.69 under Javier Castellano. Caixa Eletronica is trained by Todd Pletcher. more
SPORTSWRITER, SUNNY DESERT WIN NYSS RACES
Favorites swept the New York Stallion Series stakes Nov. 14 at Aqueduct as Sportswriter took the $100,000 Thunder Rumble and Sunny Desert overcame a troubled start to win the $100,000 Staten Island for fillies and mares. more
NO STOPPING VIOLENCE IN BUMPY NASHUA STAKES
Violence proved profitable in the $200,000 Nashua Stakes (gr. II) for 2-year-olds with a two-length triumph Nov. 4 at Aqueduct Racetrack. more
BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY AND MARE TURF: ZAGORA FINISHES CAREER ON TOP
ARCADIA, Calif. – Zagora ended her career at the top of the American female turf division. more
DAYATTHESPA LEADS EVERY STEP OF THE WAY IN QEII
Nearly six months after her impressive wire job in the Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland, Dayatthespa returned to the Lexington, Kentucky, turf and repeated the feat in Saturday's Grade 1, $400,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. The Chad Brown trainee got away with a leisurely pace for Javier Castellano, quickened stylishly, and extended her 2012 mark to a perfect five-for-five. more
BELMONT PARK: WATSDACHANCES GIVES CHAD BROWN ANOTHER BREEDERS' CUP STARTER WITH MISS
ELMONT, N.Y. - Chad Brown’s Breeders’ Cup contingent keeps getting larger. more
CASTELLANO RIDES 4 WINNERS AT BELMONT
NEW YORK — Javier Castellano rode four winners at Belmont Park on Sunday, including Munnings Sister in the $78,400 Dream Supreme Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. more
BRIDGETOWN GRINDS OUT VICTORY
Bridgetown earned his first graded stakes win since 2009 and put together back-to-back victories when he ground out a one-length advantage in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes Oct. 6 at Keeneland. more
2012 KELSO RESULT: JERSEY TOWN SPRINGS THE UPSET
Jersey Town stalked just off the early speed Shackleford, rolled up alongside the leader on the far turn and rolled to the lead under jockey Javier Castellano to win the Kelso Handicap on Super Saturday at Belmont Park. Shackleford set a quick pace through the opening half mile (22.54 and 45.02) and looked to be running within himself as he rounded the far turn. But when he was challenged by Jersey Town at the top of the stretch, he had nothing left in the tank and was resigned to finish second. Trickmeister rounded out the trifecta while Tapizar finished fourth. more
BOOK REVIEW FINISHES STRONG TO TAKE CHARLES TOWN OAKS
CHARLES TOWN - For the fourth consecutive year, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races hosted the Race for the Ribbon. more
SPRING TO THE SKY WINS BELMONT'S GROOVY STAKES
NEW YORK — Spring to the Sky beat Sum of the Parts by a half-length Thursday in the $80,000 Groovy Stakes for 3-year-olds on the turf at Belmont Park. more
HIT IT RICH TAKES THE INITIATIVE IN GLENS FALLS
Two days after her very close relation Dominus wired the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga, 4-5 favorite Hit It Rich took a page from his playbook to post a front-running victory in Monday's Grade 3, $150,000 Glens Falls on closing day at the Spa. The Stuart S. Janney III homebred was prompted by Bizzy Caroline early, but pulled away in the stretch to earn her third stakes win, all at the Grade 3 level going long on turf. more
SARATOGA: SO MANY WAYS GIVES TONY DUTROW SECOND STRAIGHT SPINAWAY WIN
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y .- For the second year in a row, trainer Tony Dutrow won the Grade 1 Spinaway and for the second year in a row he did so at the direct expense of a filly trained by Wesley Ward after So Many Ways parlayed a perfect trip into a 2 1/2-length victory over the 22-1 Sweet Shirley Mae on Sunday in Saratoga’s most prestigious race for 2-year-old fillies. Teen Pauline, who set a track record in her debut, finished third as the 3-5 favorite. more
DAYATTHESPA WINS RISKAVERSE STAKES AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE FRIDAY
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The betting public thought it would be a day at the beach for Dayatthespa in Friday’s Riskaverse Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. The Chad Brown trainee went off as the odds-on 1-2 favorite in the field of eight in her first race since April, one where the 3-year-old daughter of City Zip would look to run her 2012 record to a perfect 4-for-4. more
SARATOGA: CASTELLANO BROTHERS' WIVES HAVE BABIES ON THE SAME DAY
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Jockeys Javier and Abel Castellano, brothers, both welcomed new baby boys into the world on Tuesday. more
SARATOGA: WATSDACHANCES PREVAILS BY NECK IN P.G. JOHNSON
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Trainer Chad Brown pinpointed Wednesday’s $100,000 P.G. Johnson Stakes for Watsdachances almost from the moment the Irish-bred got off the plane and arrived at his barn earlier this summer, then had her fit and ready to deliver a game neck decision over Broken Spell in the first turf stakes for 2-year-olds of the meet at Saratoga. more
JAVIER CASTELLANO RIDES ISN’TLOVEJUSTGRAND TO VICTORY AT SARATOGA RACE COURSE
Friday’s eighth was pegged by the betting public as a two-horse race. The 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint saw recent Repole Stable addition Isn’tlovejustgrand and longtime Saratoga stalwart Silver Timber go off as the race’s two favorites, with third choice Saints Alive well behind in the wagering. more
HANSEN'S INJURY COSTS CASTELLANO SHOT AT TRAVERS RECORD
SARATOGA RACE COURSE -- This Saturday was supposed to give jockey Javier Castellano a chance to stamp his name in the record books. After winning the last two runnings of the "Midsummer Derby," he was on track to become the first ever jockey to win three consecutive Travers more
RISKY RACHEL WINS $100K UNION AVENUE AT SARATOGA
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Heavily favored Risky Rachel took the lead with a furlong to run and drew away to a 3½-length win in the $100,000 Union Avenue Stakes for fillies and mares bred in New York at Saratoga Race Course. more
THE SPA SPOT: SPEEDY HANSEN HEADED TO TRAVERS
Even without his tail dyed blue, it will be be easy to spot Hansen in the Travers next week. He will be the nearly white horse trying to win the $1 million race on the lead. more
UNDERCARD: CASTELLANO RIDES INSOLVENT TO WINNER'S CIRCLE AT SARATOGA
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Friday’s fifth race being moved off the turf caused widespread consequences. Not only were there several scratches due to the surface change, but due to the new rule limiting starters in 2-year-old dirt races to eight horses, trainer Chad Brown’s Endless Chatter was forced to scratch despite being entered specifically in case of the race being moved to the dirt. more
WEDNESDAY UNDERCARD: SPORTSWRITER UPSETS KING KREESA IN NEW YORK STALLION SERIES STAKES.
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Sportswriter hadn’t been able to finish any better than sixth in his three most recent tries on turf. In Wednesday’s fifth race, however, the 3-year-old gelding showed what he could do on that surface when circumstances were right, rallying off a strong pace to upset 3-5 King Kreesa in the $100,000 New York Stallion Series Stakes more
GOURMET DINNER ENDS HIS FAST IN MAJESTIC LIGHT
Our Sugar Bear Stable's Gourmet Dinner halted an eight-race losing skid with a battling victory in Sunday's $100,000 Majestic Light, the first stakes race on Haskell Day at Monmouth. Winless since taking the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot in 2010, the 7-1 chance rallied beneath Javier Castellano to deny Ponzi Scheme by a neck. South American import Brujo de Olleros, the 3-2 favorite in his U.S. debut, wound up fourth. more
SARATOGA: WINTER MEMORIES LOOKS LIKE A MILLION IN POPULAR DIANA VICTORY
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Winter Memories, whose popularity with the fans may be exceeded only by her sheer brilliance on the racetrack, registered the most important victory of her career when rallying to a 1 1/2-length victory over European invader Dream Peace in Saturday’s Grade 1 Diana at Saratoga. more
GEMOLOGIST CONFIRMED FOR HASKELL
Gemologist will be in the starting gate for the 45th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Haskell Invitational on Sunday. more
SO MANY WAYS WINS SCHUYLERVILLE
Maggi Moss' So Many Ways stayed on strongly down the stretch to capture Friday's Grade 3, $150,000 Schuylerville Stakes, the second of a pair of graded stakes on opening day at Saratoga. Dispatched as the 5-2 favorite off her eight-length debut maiden romp at Parx, the Tony Dutrow juvenile covered six furlongs in 1:11 2/5 on the fast track and improved her record to a perfect two-for-two. more
GRACE HALL ROLLS AT DELAWARE
In what will likely be remembered as the most visually impressive race of the weekend, Grace Hall left her foes in the dust while taking the $400,000 Delaware Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths July 14 at Delaware Park. more
KEENELAND PRESENTS AMERICAN GRADED STAKES STANDINGS: CASTELLANO ON A CONFIDENT RIDE
When jockey Javier Castellano arrived in the United States from his native Venezuela 15 years ago, he was a 19-year-old with big dreams, but modest goals. more
DOCTOR CHIT WINS BELMONT'S WESTERN LARLA STAKES
NEW YORK — Doctor Chit, the 3-5 favorite, led all the way Thursday, beating Sportswriter by 3 1/4 lengths in the $85,000 Western Larla Stakes for 3-year-olds at Belmont Park. more
'BEST JOCKEY' NOMINEES ANNOUNCED FOR ESPYS
Javier Castellano, Ramon Dominguez, Mario Gutierrez and John Velazquez were announced Wednesday by ESPN as the four nominees in the "Best Jockey" category of the 20th annual ESPY Awards. The ESPYS, which honor a wide array of athletes and sports entities, will take place July 11 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. more
BELMONT PARK: BELIEVE YOU CAN, CONTESTED SET FOR A DUEL IN MOTHER GOOSE STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – They are clearly the two best horses in the field. They have similar running styles, and they will be lined up right next to each other in the starting gate. more
NBC TO AIR SPA RACES
SARATOGA SPRINGS — NBC Sports will broadcast stakes races at Saratoga Race Course on five days this summer, led by the $1 million Travers on Aug. 25. more
BELMONT PARK: CAIXA ELETRONICA CLOSES FAST TO WIN TRUE NORTH HANDICAP
Caixa Eletronica, the 7-2 favorite, finished wildly on the outside to get up and win Saturday's Grade 2, $400,000 True North Handicap at Belmont Park, a race marred by the severe breakdown of Giant Ryan in upper stretch. more
I'LL HAVE ANOTHER TO SCRATCH FROM BELMONT STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – I’ll Have Another will scratch from Saturday’s Belmont Stakes due to developing tendonitis in his left foreleg, trainer Doug O’Neill said Friday. more
BELMONT STAKES 2012 WORKOUT REPORTS: DULLAHAN STANDS OUT
ELMONT, N.Y. – A dozen horses will line up for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, but of that group, there are less than a handful with a legitimate chance of actually winning the race. Some of the field, including I’ll Have Another, have been training here regularly for the past several weeks. Others, like top contender Union Rags and longshot My Adonis, did not arrive on the grounds until Wednesday. more
DULLAHAN IMPRESSIVE IN FINAL WORKOUT BEFORE BELMONT STAKES, I’LL HAVE ANOTHER HAS ANOTHER
It was a busy Sunday morning at Belmont Park as five possible starters for Saturday’s race all turned in their final workouts. more
PLAINVIEW RACE PALACE HOSTS WORLD-CLASS JOCKEYS
The “Belmont Stakes Spoiler Fest” will be held Monday in honor of the 144th Belmont Stakes which could potentially have the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. more
BIG WORKOUTS FOR DULLAHAN, UNION RAGS
Six likely Belmont Stakes runners had timed workouts Sunday, with the most impressive breezes by Union Rags and Dullahan, the horses given the best chances of stopping I'll Have Another's Triple Crown bid Saturday. more
DULLAHAN'S JOCKEY IMPRESSED WITH IOWA-OWNED HORSE
It didn’t take Dullahan long to impress his new jockey Sunday morning. more
2012 BELMONT STAKES: UNION RAGS, DULLAHAN AMONG THOSE TO HAVE WORKS POSTPONED ON SATURDAY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Five of the 11 likely starters in next Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, including Dullahan and Union Rags, had their scheduled workouts postponed on Saturday due to heavy rains that moved up the East Coast and pelted Belmont Park Friday evening and into Saturday morning. more
THE DAY AT THE RACES FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Dullahan will be ridden by jockey Javier Castellano for the first time, as he is replacing Kent Desormeaux in the Belmont. more
BELMONT PARK: CONTESTED ROMPS IN ACORN
Contested was left uncontested, and school was out in the Grade 1 Acorn Stakes, as the Ghostzapper filly rolled to her fourth straight blowout win for trainer Bob Baffert. more
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Compliance Officer began defense of his New York-bred turf championship with a good-looking return to the races, taking Sunday’s $125,000 Kingston Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Belmont Park. more
SENSATIONAL SIX SET FOR MET MILE
Although Dale Romans has Dullahan slated to face Triple Crown hopeful I’ll Have Another in the June 9 Belmont Stakes, it is Monday’s Grade 1, $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap, not the “Test of the Champion,” that the trainer said could end up being “the race of the year.” more
JOCKEY CASTELLANO, TRAINER RODRIGTUEZ WIN 4 BELMONT
Javier Castellano and Rudy Rodriguez respectively ascended into second place in the Belmont Park spring/summer jockey and trainer standings by winning four races apiece on Thursday. more
DULLAHAN, STREET LIFE BREEZE; ATIGUN, UNSTOPPABLE U PROBABLE FOR BELMONT
Dullahan, third behind I'll Have Another and Bodemeister in the Kentucky Derby, was scheduled to work after Saturday's renovation break at Churchill Downs, but trainer Dale Romans called an audible and sent the chestnut son of Even the Score out for a one-mile breeze at 6:15 a.m. (EDT), shortly after the track opened for training. more
COME AND MEET NEW YORK'S TOP JOCKEYS!
Monday June 4th, 6:00-7:00pm at the Race Palace. more
HOME NEWS RACING BREEDING STALLION REGISTER SIRE LISTS AUCTION
Javier Castellano will ride Donegal Racing’s Dullahan in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (gr. I). more
PIMLICO: HUDSON STEELE TRIUMPHS IN DIXIE
BALTIMORE - When trainer Todd Pletcher decided to run Hudson Steele back in three weeks it was a matter of where to place him. more
ZAGORA TAKES CARE OF BUSINESS IN GALLORETTE
While Speak Easy Gal put together an impressive front-running effort, Javier Castellano and Zagora (Fr) patiently waited for their opportunity and then delivered in the $150,000 Gallorette Handicap (G3) on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course more
NINE TO GO IN PIMLICO SPECIAL
Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Oaklawn Handicap winner Alternation heads an evenly matched field of nine older thoroughbreds for Friday's $300,000 Pimlico Special. The 1 3/16 mile race, last run in 2008, is being held the day before and at the same distance as the Preakness Stakes. more
GIMPY GEMOLOGIST OUT FOR PREAKNESS, BELMONT
Gemologist, the Wood Memorial winner who lost for the first time when he finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby , will miss the rest of the Triple Crown because of an apparent bruise in his left front foot. more
KENTUCKY DERBY 2012: THE BIG TWO LEAVE LITTLE ROOM AT THE TOP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Gemologist has won all five of his starts, including the important Wood Memorial last time out. He also owns two victories here at Churchill Downs. His trainer, Todd Pletcher, won the Derby just two years ago, has won four Eclipse Awards, and leads the nation in purse earnings this year. And his jockey, Javier Castellano, has won more money this year than anyone in his profession. more
KENTUCKY DERBY 2012: FIRST DAY ON TRACK FOR GEMOLOGIST, EL PADRINO, TAKE CHARGE INDY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Gemologist, El Padrino, and Take Charge Indy were on the track for the first time Wednesday, one day after arriving from south Florida. more
GRACE HALL HEADLINES KENTUCKY OAKS
Grace Hall, runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, heads a field of 14 for Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile race for three- year-old fillies is the companion event to the Kentucky Derby. more
2012 KENTUCKY DERBY: CASTELLANO LANDS ON GEMOLOGIST AFTER ROLLER COASTER RIDE
Most jockeys spend all winter in search of the horse they will ride in the Kentucky Derby. Javier Castellano thought he had found his Derby mount nine months ago. more
GEMOLOGIST PUTS 5-0 MARK ON THE LINE IN KENTUCKY DERBY
Some coaches don't like to have their teams undefeated headed into the big game of the year. Too much pressure. more
GEMOLOGIST SET TO FULFILL PROMISE HE SHOWED LAST FALL AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
When one has a roster of 3-year-olds as voluminous as the one trainer Todd Pletcher annually maintains, it is natural for the would-be classic contenders in his care to take their respective turns sitting atop of his lofty depth chart. more
HELZBERG DIAMONDS SIGNS NUMBER 1 JOCKEY ON DERBY FAVORITE JAVIER CASTELLANO RIDER OF GEMOL
Kansas City, Mo. 23 April 2012 Helzberg Diamonds today announced that they have signed Javier Castellano, rider of Gemologist in the 2012 Kentucky Derby, as their celebrity spokesperson in the run up to the Run for the Roses. more
BELMONT PARK: BIG MONEY LURES NEW OUTFITS FOR SPRING SUMMER MEET
ELMONT, N.Y. – The allure of big money, the arrival of several new outfits, and an all-star jockey colony have heightened the enthusiasm for the Belmont Park spring/summer meeting, which kicks off its 56-day run Friday. more
BELMONT PARK JOCKEY COLONY EXTRAORDINARILY DEEP
ELMONT, N.Y. – Races may not fill. The weather may not cooperate. A horse may get sick at an inopportune time. more
2012 KENTUCKY DERBY: GEMOLOGIST, EL PADRINO GET IN WORKS FOR PLETCHER
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - Trainers Todd Pletcher and Bisnath Parboo both pulled an audible with their prospective Kentucky Derby starters on Friday, with Pletcher opting to work both Gemologist and El Padrino at the Palm Meadows training center while Parbhoo cancelled a scheduled breeze at Calder for his speedy Trinniberg. more
KEENELAND: DAYATTHESPA DOMINATES IN APPALACHIAN
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Dayatthespa took control at the start and was never seriously threatened in posting her third straight stakes victory Thursday in the 24th running of the Grade 3, $100,000 Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland. more
CHARLES TOWN: CAIXA ELETRONICA CAPTURES $1 MILLION CLASSIC
Trainer Todd Pletcher capped a roller-coaster of a day on a high Saturday night when Caixa Eletronica blew past Duke of Mischief in the stretch and drew clear to win the Grade 2, $1 million Charles Town Classic by three lengths. more
KEENELAND: PERFECT OFFICER RUNS COURSE RECORD TIME IN SHAKERTOWN
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Breaking from post 1 and closing up the inside on the turn under jockey Javier Castellano, Perfect Officer was able to save vital ground in Saturday's Grade 3, $100,000 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland, and used it to catch longtime leader Great Mills in the final stride. more
DYNAMITE JENNY WILEY FIELD HIGHLIGHTS BLUE GRASS UNDERCARD
One of three graded stakes on the Blue Grass undercard, Saturday's Grade 1, $300,000 Jenny Wiley Stakes will feature an excellent field of six turf distaffers at Keeneland. Grade 1 winner Zagora, an easy winner of the Grade 3 Hillsborough and Grade 3 Endeavour this year for trainer Chad Brown, is the top draw. more
GULFSTREAM MEET SEES RECORD HANDLE
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gulfstream Park closed the doors on a record-setting season Sunday with new marks set for ontrack and all-sources handle since the new facility opened in 2006. more
GEMOLOGIST EARNS SPOT IN KENTUCKY DERBY WITH WIN IN WOOD MEMORIAL
They say good stallions stamp their foals, and on Saturday, Gemologist flashed the same resolve that once characterized his sire Tiznow in consecutive victories in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2000 and 2001. Undefeated but not seriously tested in four previous starts, Gemologist emerged as one of the leading Kentucky Derby contenders after he resolutely turned back Alpha down the stretch of the Grade I $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. more
GEMOLOGIST SHINES BRIGHTLY WOOD M.
OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- Trainer Todd Pletcher left Aqueduct following last year's Wood Memorial scratching his head after heavily favored Uncle Mo faded to third, throwing his Kentucky Derby aspirations into disarray. more
WOOD MEMORIAL: GEMOLOGIST A PERFECT 5 FOR 5 AFTER HOLDING OFF ALPHA IN THE WOOD MEMORIAL
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Gemologist ($4.40) rallied three wide on the turn, took the lead into the stretch and held off a late run from 2-1 second choice Alpha to win Saturday’s $1 million, Grade 1 Wood Memorial by a neck. more
BIG A LOOKS LIKE IT HAS A ‘GEM’
When early Kentucky Derby favorite Union Rags, under a questionable ride by Julien Leparoux, finished third as the 2-5 favorite in last Saturday’s Florida Derby, it all but guaranteed there will not be a heavy favorite when they run for the roses on May 5. more
WOOD MEMORIAL: GEMOLOGIST GIVES PLETCHER ANOTHER SHOT
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: Trainer Todd Pletcher comes to the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct with an undefeated horse who ended his 2-year-old season with a graded stakes win at Churchill Downs and began his 3-year-old campaign with a visually impressive victory in a one-turn mile race at Gulfstream Park. more
GEMOLOGIST FACES SEVEN IN WOOD
OZONE PARK, N.Y. -- Undefeated Gemologist drew post 6 in a field of eight 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday's $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. more
ALPHA AND GEMOLOGIST HEADLINE WOOD MEMORIAL
Undefeated Gemologist and Withers Stakes winner Alpha lead a field of eight for Saturday's $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. The 1 1/8-mile stakes comes four weeks before the Kentucky Derby. more
WOOD MEMORIAL: GEMOLOGIST GETS POST 6 IN FIELD OF EIGHT
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Undefeated Gemologist drew post 6 in a field of eight 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday’s $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. more
NYRA NOTES
Undefeated Gemologist turned in his final serious work for Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million Resorts World Casino New York City Wood Memorial this morning at Palm Meadows training center, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.44. Exercise rider Hector Ramos was aboard for the move, the fastest of six workouts at the distance. more
GULFSTREAM: HIT IT RICH REWARDS MCGAUGHEY WITH ORCHID WIN
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Shug McGaughey had toyed with the idea of flying to New Orleans to watch his beloved Kentucky Wildcats play their arch rival Louisvile Cardinals in the semifinals of the NCAA basketball tournament instead of staying in town to saddle Hit It Rich in Saturday's $150,000 Orchid at Gulfstream Park. As things turned out, the Hall of Fame horseman was glad he decided not to make the trip. more
GULFSTREAM: GRACE HALL REDEEMS HERSELF WITH IMPRESSIVE OAKS SCORE
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Grace Hall likely established herself the favorite for the Kentucky Oaks after drawing off to an easy and extremely impressive 6 1/2-length victory over the previously undefeated Zo Impressive in Saturday’s $300,000 Gulfstream Oaks. more
NEW ORLEANS HANDICAP FAVORITE MISSION IMPAZIBLE HAS SHOT AT HISTORY SUNDAY
The flashy gray horse generally delivers his best efforts right here in New Orleans, and his Kentucky connections are hoping their basketball team does the same. That’s why jockey Javier Castellano will wear royal blue silks that proclaim they’re “on a mission” when he guides Mission Impazible onto the Fair Grounds track for Sunday’s $400,000 New Orleans Handicap. more
EL PADRINO SHOWS TRAINER TODD PLETCHER'S DEPTH, FACES UNION RAGS IN FLORIDA DERBY
HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. — This is what you call a deep barn. Trainer Todd Pletcher had an unbeaten colt in Algorithms who was no worse than second choice for the May 5 Kentucky Derby. That colt was knocked out of Triple Crown consideration by injury, but the stable still has El Padrino, who has been hovering between No. 2 and 3 in The Courier-Journal’s weekly Derby polls. more
EL PADRINO LOOKING TO PUNCH TICKET TO KENTUCKY DERBY
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Brothers-in-law can get along. They can even start a business together and make it work. more
GULFSTREAM: UNION RAGS AN IMPOSING CHALLENGE FOR EL PADRINO IN FLORIDA DERBY
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – The barn of Todd Pletcher at the Palm Meadows training center is just a few rows from that of Michael Matz, and every morning, watching the Matz-trained Union Rags on the track, Pletcher has been reminded of the challenge he faces on Saturday in the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. more
UNION RAGS AND EL PADRINO LEAD FLORIDA DERBY
Leading Kentucky Derby contender Union Rags and Risen Star winner El Padrino top a field of nine three-year- olds for Saturday's $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. The 1 1/8- mile race is an important prep for the Kentucky Derby on May 5. more
PREVIEW: GRADE II NEW ORLEANS HANDICAP AND GRADE II MERVIN H. MUNIZ JR. MEMORIAL HANDICAP
NEW ORLEANS – Twin Creeks Racing Stable's Mission Impazible, the 5-year-old defending champion from last season's Grade II New Orleans Handicap and winner of the Grade II Louisiana Derby two years ago, is set to match strides with George and Lori Hall's 4-year-old Pants On Fire – the hero of last year's $1 million Louisiana Derby – in Sunday's 86th renewal of Fair Grounds' traditional season highlight for older horses on the main track. more
GULFSTREAM: EL PADRINO GALLOPS OUT NICELY IN FINAL PREP FOR FLORIDA DERBY
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - El Padrino’s final work for Saturday’s $1 million Florida Derby may not have gone quite as planned at the beginning. But in the end, trainer Todd Pletcher got just what he was looking for from the Risen Star winner, who figures to be the second choice behind Union Rags in the Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park. more
GEMOLOGIST COMING NORTH FOR WOOD MEMORIAL
Fresh off a commanding season opening win at Gulfstream Park, three-year-old colt Gemologist will make his next start in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 7. Trainer Todd Pletcher confirmed the decision from Gulfstream. more
HEAVY BREATHING THE FAVORITE FOR SATURDAY'S VINERY SPIRAL STAKES AT TURFWAY
A capacity field of 12 3-year-olds was entered Thursday for Saturday’s $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, with Gulfstream Park allowance winner Heavy Breathing made the 3-1 morning-line favorite. more
GULFSTREAM: TURBO COMPRESSOR ROMPS IN GRASS DEBUT
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - It took Turbo Compressor nearly until the spring of his 4-year-old campaign and 11 starts to finally get on the turf. But it was well worth the wait. more
GULFSTREAM PARK: CASTELLANO SETS MEET RECORD FOR WINS
Jockey Javier Castellano broke the record for most wins during a Gulfstream meet when guiding Repenter to a popular victory in Saturday’s first race. Repenter gave Castellano his 98th win of the session, eclipsing the previous mark shared by Jerry Bailey (1996), Wigberto Ramos (1991), and Julio Pezua (1987). more
GULFSTREAM: GEMOLOGIST SHINES IN RETURN WIN
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – Gemologist hadn’t raced in nearly four months, but it was hard to tell he had been away at all from the looks of his performance in his 3-year-old debut here Wednesday. more
JAVIER CASTELLANO NAMED TT TODAY JOCKEY OF THE WEEK
Javier Castellano, building a big lead in the jockey standings at the Gulfstream Park meeting, gave up some plum mounts last weekend at the South Florida track and shipped north to pick up a pair of stakes wins en route to topping the list of leading jockeys by North American purse earnings with $445,892 for the week ended March 13. more
GULFSTREAM: DAYATTHESPA GETS UP BY NECK IN HERECOMESTHEBRIDE
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Dayatthespa was a little reluctant to load into the starting gate but certainly wasn’t reluctant to run once she finally got under way in Sunday’s $150,000 Herecomesthebride Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Dayatthespa posted her second stakes win of the meet and first graded stakes winner of her career when she rallied to a hard-fought neck victory over Regalo Mia in the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride for 3-year-old fillies. more
GULFSTREAM RACETRACK: GRADE 3 HERECOMESTHEBRIDE
One of the feature races at Gulfstream is the $150,000 Grade Three Herecomesthebride for three-year-olds. The field of nine contains quite a bit of talent, but I'm going to concentrate on three horses. more
ZAGORA ZOOMS HOME IN HILLSBOROUGH
Martin S. Schwartz's Zagora, a smashing winner in her comeback in the Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes, made a successful return trip to Tampa Bay Downs for Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Hillsborough Stakes. Dispatched as the 4-5 favorite, the Chad Brown mare rallied powerfully leaving the far turn and mowed down Federation and Unbridled Humor, zipping about 1 1/8 miles in 1:46 4/5 on the firm turf. more
TAMPA BAY: WAIT TIL DAWN OVERCOMES TROUBLE IN SUNCOAST
OLDSMAR, Fla. - Favored Wait Til Dawn overcame a bit an eventful trip to run down leader Ciguaraya late and come away with a half-length win in $100,000 Suncoast Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs. more
OAKLAWN: GEMOLOGIST AMONG 14 PROBABLES FOR REBEL
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – The undefeated Gemologist is closing in on his 3-year-old debut, which will come next Saturday in the Grade 2, $500,000 Rebel at Oaklawn Park. Trainer Todd Pletcher said the horse is scheduled to work Sunday at Palm Meadows training center in south Florida, then fly into Arkansas on Wednesday. Javier Castellano has the mount in the Rebel, which as of Friday was looking like it could have a maximum gate of 14. more
CASTELLANO WINS 5 ON SATURDAY, EXTENDS HIS LEAD IN GULFSTREAM JOCKEY STANDINGS
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Fresh off riding the 3000th winner of his career, Javier Castellano visited the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle five times on Saturday. more
EL PADRINO HOLDS OFF MARK VALESKI TO WIN RISEN STAR STAKES BY A NOSE
El Padrino, said trainer Todd Pletcher, is the kind of colt who might need plenty of racing experience to reach his potential. more
ALGORITHMS OFF THE KENTUCKY DERBY TRAIL, WILL HAVE SURGERY
Algorithms will have surgery for a fractured splint bone in his right front leg and will miss the Triple Crown, trainer Todd Pletcher and co-owner Jack Wolf said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon. more
CASTELLANO RIDES TO 3,000TH CAREER WIN
Jockey Javier Castellano rode the 3000th winner of his career Friday at Gulfstream Park, guiding Virtuously to a thrilling late-closing victory in the sixth race. more
GULFSTREAM TODAY 2-17-2012
Leading jockey Javier Castellano rode four winners on the card, including Smartys Emperoress, a 16-1 long shot, in the featured ninth race more
CASTELLANO MADE THE RIGHT CALL
Union Rags was the best 2-year-old to race in 2011 and comes from a stable that has already shown it knows how to win the Kentucky Derby. It was no doubt difficult more
CASTELLANO TO N. O. FOR EL PADRINO MOUNT
Javier Castellano will travel to Fair Grounds on Feb. 25 to ride El Padrino for Todd Pletcher more