Javier Castellano closed out a superlative day at Aqueduct Racetrack on
Saturday by piloting North Star Boy to win the ninth and final race and
register his first six-win day on the New York Racing Association, Inc.
the leading rider in New York in 2013 with 217 victories, won the first
five races in which he had a mount, all aboard favorites. He took both
ends of the early daily double aboard Coup de Grace ($3) and Jeter
($6.50), then won the fourth race with Becky's Kitten ($6.60), the fifth
on One Red Cat ($2.90) and race 6, the Summer Secretary overnight
stakes, with Watsdachances ($4.20).
in race 7 and without a mount in race 8 after morning-line favorite
Anjaz was scratched from the Grade 3 Long Island Handicap, Castellano
made it 6-for-7 aboard North Star Boy ($15), his only mount who did not
go off as the betting favorite.
I came here this morning I was kind of disappointed to see my filly
scratched from the stakes," said Castellano, a 33-year-old native of
Venezuela. "All my horses today were live but I thought she was my best
chance. I said, 'Let me ride it race by race,' and everything went
was the first six-win day for a jockey in New York since the
now-retired Ramon Dominguez went 6-for-7 on September 2, 2012 at
Saratoga Race Course.
the nation's leading rider in terms of both victories (313) and purses
earned ($23.3 million), had twice ridden five winners this year in New
York, on July 13 at Belmont Park and on September 2 at Saratoga.
very blessed; I've been having a wonderful year, winning the Breeders'
Cup [Juvenile Fillies with Ria Antonia] and being the leading jockey at
Belmont Park in the spring and fall and at Saratoga," said Castellano.
"I am so thankful to all the trainers who put so much confidence in me,
especially Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher. I hope things can continue and
that God gives me the strength to be strong."