Javier Castellano is known as one of the most top-ranking jockeys in North America. Racing runs in his family. In fact, his father, who passed away years ago, his uncle, and his brother are all jockeys. But even though his father already passed away, he still considers him to be a role model, especially in his career as a jockey.
Castellano started his career as a jockey in 1996 at Santa Rita and La Rinconada racing tracks in Venezuela. In June 1997, the jokey migrated to the U.S., where he started racing courses in Southern Florida until 2001 when Castellano migrated to New York State racing circuit.
For Castellano, it was not an easy path to success. He had received his major triumphs in 2004 on Frank Stronach’s colt Ghostzapper and bagged a few races, which include the 2004 Breeder’s Cup Classic, garnering the 2004 Eclipse Award for the Horse of the Year, as well as other major awards. In 2006, the jockey tried racing Bernardini for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Darkley Racing. He won the Preakness Stakes, and the Jockey Club Gold Cup.
When he was still young, Castellano did not think that he could become one of the most popular jockeys in the world. But now, Castellano is considered as the top active jockey. He has been consecutively winning the ranks in horse racing for the past five years now. His style of riding horses is of a real titleholder that can win whatever horse racing he would join. He has garnered dramatic wins and a lot of fans and supporters lately, which made him rise to the top of the best jockeys list.
For reaching the highest recognitions of any jockey in North America, the horse racing champion is consistently winning the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey of the three consecutive years, namely 2013, 2014, and 2015. In 2013, he completed the year with a total earning of more than $26.2 million. Castellano even surpassed the single-season record, which was held by Ramon Dominguez in 2012. In addition to his successful career, he got 4,000 North American honours in February 2015, and by the end of 2015, he broke his own winnings and earning records.
The horse racing champ’s fastest speed when riding moves up to 90 miles per hour, which is considered as the record at which very few jockeys have bagged over the years since it is not an easy task to handle a half tonne horse galloping all over the track. But because of his skills and guts, Castellano attained the highest rank in horse racing.
Aside from his successful career as a jockey, Castellano is also very doing well as a father to his three children with his wife Abby Castellano. More than that, Castellano’s father-in-law Terry Meyocks, is the national director of the Jockey’s Guild. Moreover, Abel Castellano Jr., who is his younger brother, is also a jockey. He garnered his first award in the horse track on September 22, 1999 in Venezuela. In fact, his brother began racing in the U.S. in the year 2000, which is an addition to the Castellano family’s line of jockeys.