Javier Castellano
Jockey Bios

Javier Castellano

Born: October 23, 1977 in Maracaibo, Venezuela

Record at Keeneland

Total Wins: 170

Stakes Wins: 37

Career Firsts

First Grade 1 Win: 2001 Gazelle at Belmont Park on Exogenous

First Stakes Win: 1997 Dr. Fager at Calder on Governor Hicks

First Graded Stakes Win: 1998 What a Pleasure (G3) at Calder on Certain

First Career Win: July 31, 1997, at Calder on Phone Man

Starters in the Toyota Blue Grass





Bobby’s Kitten



Balance the Books



Howe Great



Court Folly


At Keeneland

Track's 8th-leading jockey by stakes wins (37).

Two-time leader rider: 2015 Spring Meet with 22 wins and 2016 Spring Meet with 17 wins.

Rode Rushing Fall to two stakes victories in 2018: Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association during the Spring Meet and Queen Elilzabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (G1) during the Fall Meet.

Third 2018 stakes win came on Rated R Superstar in the Ben Ali (G3) during the Spring Meet. 

Rode Rushing Fall to win the 2017 JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) during the Fall Meet. During the 2017 Spring Meet, won the Maker's 46 Mile (G1) on American Patriot, Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select on Big Score and Adena Springs Beaumont (G3) on Sweet Loretta

Rode Collected to win the Lexington (G3) during the 2016 Spring Meet. Was one of his three wins for the day, April 16.

Won three stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 30, 2015, during the first day of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships: Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) on Stopchargingmaria, Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) on champion Liam’s Map and Bryan Station on Tweet Kitten.

Won four stakes during the 2015 Spring Meet: Maker's 46 Mile (G1) on Jack Milton, Jenny Wiley (G1) on Ball Dancing, Ben Ali (G3) on Protonico and Transylvania (G3) Presented by Keeneland Select on Night Prowler.

Won three races on April 10, 11, 18, 19 and 22 during the 2015 Spring Meet.

Won three stakes during the 2014 Spring Meet: Jenny Wiley (G1) on Hard Not to Like, Beaumont (G2) Presented by Keeneland Select on Ready to Act and Dixiana Elkhorn (G2) on Unitarian.

Won four stakes, all graded, during the 2012 Spring and Fall meets. They included the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on Dayatthespa.

Won three stakes during the 2011 Spring Meet: Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) on Get Stormy, Central Bank Ashland (G1) on Lilacs and Lace, and Ben Ali (G3) with Exhi.

Won the 2007 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) on Bit of Whimsy.

First Keeneland win came during the 2002 Spring Meet.

First Keeneland stakes win was the 2002 Stonerside Beaumont (G2) on Proper Gamble.


2017 inductee into the Racing Hall of Fame.

Triple Crown wins (2): Preakness (G1) in 2006 on Bernardini and 2017 on Cloud Computing.​

Breeders’ Cup wins (10): 2004 Classic on Ghostzapper (first Breeders' Cup mount); 2012 Filly and Mare Turf on Zagora (FR); 2013 Juvenile Fillies on Ria Antonia; 2014 Filly and Mare Turf on Dayatthespa; 2015 Distaff on Stopchargingmaria and Dirt Mile on Liam’s Map; 2016 Juvenile Fillies Turf on New Money Honey; 2017 Juvenile Fillies Turf on Rushing Fall; and 2018 Dirt Mile on City of Light and Juvenile Turf Sprint on Bulletin.

Earned Eclipse Awards as North America's outstanding jockey from 2013-2016.

Won his 5,000th North American race Oct. 20, 2018, at Belmont Park, where he rode Runaway Lute to win the fourth race. His career earnings exceed $317 million with 5,022 wins through Dec. 3, 2017.

2017 earnings were $25,103,417 with 223 wins, including the Preakness (G1) with Cloud Computing and the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) and Pimlico Special (G3) with Shaman Ghost. He rode Rushing Fall to win the JPMorgan Chase Jessamine (G3) at Keeneland as a prep for their victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). 

2016 earnings were $26,826,241 with 300 wins, including Grade 1 wins in the Sword Dancer with Flintshire (GB), Cigar Mile with Connect, Kentucky Oaks aboard Cathryn Sophia and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf with New Money Honey.

2015 earnings were $28,120,809 with 344 wins, including the Whitney with Honor Code, Travers (G1) with Keen Ice, Vosburgh (G1) aboard Rock Fall and Man o’ War (G1) with Twilight Eclipse.

2014 earnings were $25,056,464 with 315 wins, with Grade 1 victories in the Travers with V. E. Day, TVG Coaching Club American Oaks with Stopchargingmaria and Just a Game with Coffee Clique.

2013 earnings were $26,219,907 with 362 wins, including the Alabama (G1) and Beldame Invitational (G1) aboard Princess of Sylmar.


Javier followed his late father, Abel, and an uncle into racing in Venezuela in 1996. He came to the U.S. in June 1997. Brother Abel Jr. is also a successful jockey in the U.S. Javier's father-in-law is Terry Meyocks, national director of the Jockeys’ Guild.