May 22, 2013
New York USA
Height: 5 1
His wife Abby is the daughter of Terry Meyocks, who was the Vice President of NTRA Racing Industry Memberships. Father Abel and an uncle were jockeys in Venezuela. Brother Abel Jr., rides in Maryland and Delaware.
Javier Castellano started his career in 1996. After his initial success in Venezuela, he moved to the United States in June 1997 in search of victory on the South Florida Circuit. He registered his first win in the United States riding Phone Man on July 31, 1997 at the historic Calder Race Course. He came to New York in 2001 and got immediate success by finishing sixth in the New York jockey standings. In the next year he improved his position to second spot at the same venue. Castellano won riding titles at Aqueduct, Tropical-at-Calder and Hialeah. He performed brilliantly at Saratoga by winning five races on one card and clinched victory at Saratoga for two consecutive terms in 2004 and 2005 including an upset on Mass Media in the Forego Stakes. Castellano posted his 2000th win on April 26, 2007 at Calder. In 2004, Javier was the rider for Frank Stronach s colt Ghostzapper he has won many races with him including the 2004 Breeders Cup Classic. Two years after, he raced with Bernardini for Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum s Darley Dancing. With Bernandini, he clinched victories in the Preakness Stakes and in the Jockey Cup Gold Cup.
|• Some Important Wins|
|• Beldame Stakes (2001 2004) Gazelle Handicap (2001 2006) Clark Handicap (2003) Secretariat Stakes (2003) Vosburgh Stakes (2003) Lane s End Breeders Futurity (2003) Bertram F. Bongard Stakes (2004) Beaugay Handicap (2004) Breeders Cup Classic (2004) Discovery Handicap (2004) Woodward Stakes (2004) Sport Page Breeders Cup Handicap (2004) Dubai Golden Shaheen (2005) Jamaica Handicap (2005) Coolmore Lexington Stakes (2005) Wood Memorial Stakes (2005) Forward Gal Stakes (2005) Jockey Club Gold Cup (2006) Withers Stakes (2006) Preakness Stakes (2006) Travers Stakes (2006) Jim Dandy Stakes (2006) Ben Ali Stakes (2006) Gallant Bloom Handicap (2006) Vagrancy Handicap (2007) Kelso Breeders Cup Handicap (2007)|
|• Wins and Awards|
|• Beldame Stakes (2001 2004) Clark Handicap (2003) Breeders Cup Classic (2004) Woodward Stakes (2004) Dubai Golden Shaheen (2005) Wood Memorial Stakes (2005) Flash Stakes (2005) Connaught Cup Stakes (2006) Jim Dandy Stakes (2006) Jockey Club Gold Cup (2006) Withers Stakes (2006) Preakness Stakes (2006) Travers Stakes (2006) Shirley Jones Handicap (2008) Highlander Stakes (2008) Woodbine Oaks (2008) Man o War Stakes (2008)|