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Jockey Javier Castellano looking for 6th title at Gulfstream Park

Jockey Javier Castellano looking for 6th title at Gulfstream ParkThough he missed the opening weekend of Gulfstream Park’s 2016-2017 Championship Meet with commitments out of town, jockey Javier Castellano is gearing up for a return to South Florida with his sights set on a sixth consecutive riding title. He enters the country’s premier winter thoroughbred meet in similar fashion as past years, leading the country in stakes wins, graded stakes wins and purses earned, and figures to be favored again for a fourth straight trophy as North America’s top jockey when Gulfstream hosts the Eclipse Awards Jan. 21.          

Castellano is named on four horses Wednesday at Gulfstream. 

Behind the scenes, Castellano is in the initial stages of a new journey. This will be his first Championship Meet with new agent Mike Lakow, a former racetrack executive in New York and California who replaced Matt Muzikar at the start of Belmont Park’s fall meet in September.

Castellano, 39, rose to national prominence under Muzikar during their seven years together, including setting the single-season record for earnings in 2013 and topping it in 2015. Prior to that Castellano had been represented by Mike Kelly, also for seven years.

 “I was very blessed to work with Matt Muzikar. He put me on the map,” Castellano said. “He was a guy that worked hard every single day, every single meet, at every single track. I give all the credit to him because he did a great job for my career, and I will always be thankful for that.

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