(Jockey Javier Castellano / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
Jockey Javier Castellano, long considered one of the most prominent riders of our generation and a member of the Racing Hall of Fame, has tested positive for the coronavirus — COVID-19 — according to multiple sources and reported throughout many media groups.
The breaking news was first reported over twitter and was later confirmed by Castellano’s agent — John Panagot.
Castellano was named to ride today at Gulfstream Park. However, he took off all mounts and it was later found that he is now suffering from the viral attack that has swept the world and is considered to be one of the worst pandemics in history.
Castellano last rode on March 14 and 15, when he travelled to Oaklawn Park and then returned to South Florida for two mounts the following day. He hasn’t ridden since then.
Castellano has been one of the top-3 riders in North America over the last nine years, may be the first jockey in the United States to be known as testing positive for COVID-19.