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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.


“To 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 million).

Ness 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



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