Abel Castellano and Jamie Ness wrapped
up year-end titles for the calendar year in the jockey and trainer
divisions respectively at the major Maryland tracks after today’s final
card of the season at Laurel Park.
The duo ranked atop the standings during the Pimlico Race Course spring and Laurel Park fall meetings.
Castellano finished the year with 132 victories, 11 more than 2011 champion Sheldon Russell, including 59 in the fall. The 29-year-old also tied for the top spot in the colony with eight stakes wins in the state, including five aboard Bold Affair.
win my first year-round title means a lot,” said Castellano, who has
been a regular rider in Maryland since 2003. “I have come a long way
since arriving here. I now have a wife and we have been blessed with
three kids. They are part of my success and why I work so hard, along
with my agent Kevin Witte, in trying to win as many races as I can each
and every day. There were many trainers who gave us an opportunity but I
might not have won the championship without Jamie Ness, who trusted me
the entire year.”
Castellano teamed up with Ness for 69 victories.
Castellano finished 2012 ranked 25th nationally in wins (192) and was 50th
in earnings ($4.4 million). Statistically the only better year he had
was 2004 when he established career-highs in wins (201) and earnings ($5
had 83 winners at the major Maryland tracks during the campaign, 16
ahead of Dane Kobiskie. The 38-year-old won races at an impressive 27%
rate and had 17 multi-win afternoons. Overall, he was the nation’s
winningest conditioner with 396 victories.
Laurel Park/Pimlico Race Course 2012 Standings
JOCKEYS MOUNTS-1st-2nd-3rd EARNINGS
Abel Castellano 625-132-92-103 $3,041,500
Sheldon Russell 675-121-118-88 $2,939,320
Julian Pimentel 438-88-75-60 $2,393,760
Horacio Karamanos 593-81-65-86 $2,519,145
Kevin Navarro 370-59-54-36 $1,073,265
Forest Boyce 477-58-74-82 $1,787,425
TRAINERS STARTERS-1st-2nd-3rd EARNINGS
Jamie Ness 304-83-49-47 $1,424,110
Dane Kobiskie 214-67-30-37 $1,256,635
Hugh McMahon 218-49-51-25 $1,180,605
Mike Trombetta 195-43-30-25 $1,213,045
Dale Capuano 222-32-43-28 $747,820
Tim Keefe 170-31-21-23 $775,195