(Vekoma, with Javier Castellano up, wins the Blue Grass Stakes)
(Javier Castellano / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
Just a couple of years ago, Javier Castellano was elected and enrolled into Thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame as one of the best riders to ever get a leg up in the industry that he loves so well.
This Spring at Keeneland, Castellano has been riding like a guy trying to prove that he still belongs. In the game. In the sport. In the industry. At the top. In the Hall of Fame.
After Sunday’s racing card was completed, Castellano stood tall in the saddle in Lexington, and is completely dominating this meet’s race to become the “Leading Rider.” In just 33 mounts so far, Castellano has 14 wins, 7 seconds and 4 thirds. His win percentage is an amazing .42%, and his horses have hit the board a whopping .76% of the time.
Most importantly, Castellano’s horses have already earned almost $2 million in purses. That’s $2 million. The second leading rider in purses earned? Irad Ortiz, Jr. His horses have earned over $663,000. That’s about $1.3 million less.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
A million times wow.
He won the Blue Grass Stakes with Vekoma.
He won the Maker’s 46 Mile with Delta Prince.
He won the Transylvania and the Madison Stakes.
So far, he has won 5 Graded Stakes events in just a couple of weeks.
Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.
A million times amazing.
Here’s a look at the top 20 riders this meet:
|2||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||32||4||8||5||$663,262||13%||17||53%|
|6||Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.||49||4||6||9||$528,169||8%||19||39%|
|9||Julien R. Leparoux||44||6||4||7||$399,366||14%||17||39%|
|10||John R. Velazquez||26||7||1||5||$359,973||27%||13||50%|
|13||Jose L. Ortiz||21||2||5||4||$183,203||10%||11||52%|
|15||Corey J. Lanerie||46||2||4||7||$150,578||4%||13||28%|
|19||Alex L. Canchari||1||0||1||0||$60,000||0%||1||100%|
|20||Jon Kenton Court||3||0||1||0||$54,222||0%||1||33%|
(Stats Courtesy of Equibase)