Javier Castellano's appeal of his six-day suspension for careless
riding in last Friday's Breeders' Cup Marathon was denied by the
Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, but the jockey received a stay of
that denial by a Franklin County Circuit Court Judge on Tuesday
afternoon that will enable him to ride in Sunday's Queen Elizabeth
Commemorative Cup in Japan.
Castellano was suspended six days for his ride in the Breeders'
Cup Marathon, in which he allowed his mount, Prince Will I Am, to come
off the rail and interfere with Romp, nearly unseating jockey Martin
Garcia. In turn, Romp bothered A.U. Miner and Calvin Borel, who would
later seek out and get into a fistfight with Castellano in the
Churchill Downs winner's circle.
It is unclear exactly why the racing commission denied
Castellano's appeal, although in the last 18 months the commission has
attempted to put a stop to what it believes are frivolous appeals.
The primary reason Castellano appealed the suspension was to
ride Ave in Sunday's $2.2 million Commemorative Cup in Japan.
Castellano has a signed contract to with the Japanese Racing
Association to participate in that race, according to his agent, Matt