Javier Castellano sets single-season earnings mark

Jockey Javier Castellano has won the third race at Gulfstream

Park to break the North American single-season record for purse

earnings.

Friday’s victory pushed the 36-year-old jockey’s purse earnings

to $25,655,988, breaking the mark of $25,634,852 set last year by

Ramon Dominguez, who was forced to retire in June after being

seriously injured in a spill.

Castellano has more than 3,600 victories in his career,

including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with Ria Antonia last

month at Santa Anita. This year, he won riding titles at Belmont

and Saratoga. He’s the two-time defending riding champion at

Gulfstream.

Castellano says he’s proud to break the record and be at the

same level as Dominguez, whom he described as ”such a classy

guy.”

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