is excited to announce that it will sponsor leading North American
rider, Javier Castellano, in Turkey’s International Jockey Challenge.
The Challenge, which takes place on Wednesday, July 16, 2014
at Istanbul’s Veliefendi Racecourse, brings a team of international
riding superstars, including Castellano, Frankie Dettori (United
Kingdom), Maxime Guyon (France), Yuichi Fukunaga (Japan) and Craig
Williams (Australia) to Turkey to take on 5 leading local riders in a 4
race contest. This is the second consecutive year in which Castellano
will participate in the event.
of the 10 Challenge riders has been randomly assigned a horse in each
of the 4 races. The rider who accumulates the most points based on the
finish positions of their mounts will win a cash Grand Prize. The
Challenge will be broadcast live in Turkey via TJK TV, the official
television channel of the Turkish Jockey Club.
an Official Partner of the Jockeys’ Guild, Xpressbet works with the
Guild to promote and support jockeys at North American racetracks.
Xpressbet views the jockeys as the sustainable, long-term stars of the
sport, and assists the Guild in ensuring that jockeys are showcased as
the faces of horse racing. Both organizations view the relationship as a
key component to increasing interest in racing.
a Guild member, Castellano is thankful for Xpressbet’s support. He
remarked, “I’m very thankful for the support Xpressbet gives North
American riders through their partnership with the Jockeys’ Guild. It
means a lot to me that they are dedicated to the safety, support and
promotion of North American jockeys, and I’m looking forward to
assisting them in increasing international interest in US racing.”
added, “I’m excited for the opportunity to participate in the
International Jockey Challenge again this year. It is always a great
honor to be asked to compete against the world’s best jockeys.”
to Xpressbet President, Ron Luniewski, “We’re incredibly involved in
both supporting the riders and the Jockeys’ Guild, as well as growing
the international demand for US racing. To send a jockey of Javier’s
popularity and talent to a top international racing event like this will
help to significantly increase the popularity of US racing to a very
passionate group of racing fans. We wish Javier the very best in
addition to 183 riding victories this year, Castellano leads all North
American riders with more than $13 million in purses won. He was the
leading rider at both Gulfstream Park’s Champions Meet, as well as
Belmont’s recently concluded Spring/Summer Meet, and his Grade 1
victories this year include the Florida Derby, Manhattan Stakes, Just a
Game Stakes and the Jenny Wiley Stakes.
Turkish betting market is a $1.5-billion closed pari-mutuel industry
with 2,400 Bet Shoppes that feature both domestic and international
racing. XB Net, a subsidiary of Xpressbet that specializes in the
international distribution of North American racing, has contracted with
the Turkish Jockey Club to deliver up to 60 premier North American
racing dates into Turkey each year.