Out of action considering that having leg surgical treatment in mid-November, Hall of Popularity jockey Javier Castellano is set to release his resurgence Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Castellano, 43, is called aboard Jacks or Better Farm’s 3-year-old homebred Attractive Dream, a half-sister to several graded-stakes winning millionaire Jackson Bend, in Race 9, a starter/optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies going one mile on the yard.
Trained by Ralph Nicks, Sexy Dream will break from Post 10 in a field of 11. Castellano is represented by representative John Panagot.
” I’m truly thrilled and anticipating it,” Castellano stated. “It’s the very first time that I have actually been off for so long, 3 months, however I’m prepared to go. I feel one hundred percent and I’m prepared to return to work.”
Castellano won a record 5 successive Champion Meet riding titles at Gulfstream from 2011- ’12 through 2015-‘ 16. Throughout that time, he was voted the Eclipse Award as champ jockey 4 times, from 2013-‘ 16.
” I’m extremely delighted, particularly to be at Gulfstream Park. It’s an unique location for me,” Castellano stated. “It’s my house and I like it. That’s where I initially began, in South Florida, to ride horses and ideally I can get some excellent installs and begin getting some momentum.”
A winner of 5,328 races and more than $354 million in bag revenues, Castellano had arthroscopic surgical treatment to tidy up some particles in his ideal leg, near the hip, Nov. 16 in New York City. He went through physical treatment and went back to Florida previously this month to begin getting on horses.
” I had the ability to get on some horses and after that I needed to stop to follow the procedure with the quarantine and whatever,” he stated. “However I feel excellent and prepared and prepared to return to work.”
Castellano is called on 2 horses Thursday, Feb. 18– Let’s Go Steady’s 3-year-old filly Deemed Vital in a first unique weight for meet-leading fitness instructor Todd Pletcher and Madaket Stables, Kent Spellman and Group Hanley’s All Become a reality, a 4-year-old filly trained by Graham Movement.
” I can’t wait,” Castellano stated. “I am grateful for all the assistance from the fitness instructors and owners.”
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