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Jockey Javier Castellano to receive keys to city

Javier Castellano riding Ghostzapper winning 2004 Breeders Cup

Jockey Javier Castellano, who has won Gulfstream Park's riding title the past three years and has earned the Eclipse Award the past two years as the country's leading rider, will receive the Key to the City of Hallandale Beach Wednesday evening during a ceremony at City Hall. 

The Key to the City is a symbolic award presented by municipalities to honor outstanding residents and visitors who go above and beyond to help others or to promote the good will of the community. 

"It's a great honor to receive the Key to the City of Hallandale Beach," Castellano said. "Gulfstream Park and the City of Hallandale Beach have been very good to me and my family. It means a great deal to me." 

Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Bill Julian, a former trainer who saddled Run Turn to victory in the 1990 Tropical Park Derby (G3) and a third-place finish in the Florida Derby, said: "Javier has become the face of the thoroughbred industry as the Jockey of the Year for the past two years. He is a role model for anyone who has any interest in the industry. Javier has done everything to promote good sportsmanship within horse racing. He has set a good example as someone who has come to the United States and worked hard to excel at his profession.” 

Castellano was the first rider in Gulfstream Park history to win more than 100 races during a Championship Meet when he rode 112 winners in 2011-12. Castellano earned the riding title with 100 winners in 2012-13 and 132 in 2013-14. He won his 3,000th race at Gulfstream in February of 2012. 

Castellano won his second consecutive Eclipse Award as the nation's most outstanding jockey Saturday evening during ceremonies at Gulfstream. Last year the native of Venezuela rode horses that earned a record $26.2 million while leading the nation with 362 wins. 

Source: Gulfstream Park

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