11/13/2013 7:56PM

Aqueduct: Castellano taken to hospital after spill


Javier Castellano was unseated when his mount Atlantic Dream stumbled and fell after finishing last in the ninth race at Aqueduct on Wednesday, and was taken to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., for tests, after first being transported to track first aid and complaining of chest pain.

Atlantic Dreams appeared uninjured after the mishap.

Castellano, a 33-year-old native of Venezuela, won eight races at Aqueduct last weekend, including a 6-for-7 afternoon on Saturday.

A leading contender for the 2013 Eclipse Award, Castellano has won the riding title during the last three New York Racing Association meets, and entered Wednesday atop Aqueduct’s standings with 13 wins. He leads the nation in both wins (317) and purse earnings ($25.5 million).

Greg More than 1 year ago
Without these guys I wouldnt be interested in playing horses, Mark go fly a kite ur a moron. Cant count the number of longshotss these guys ride and win. Get well JC.
MYTAKE8 More than 1 year ago
People who think a jockey dumped a horse failed to consider the jockeys' performance from the previous day to see if he overextended himself and was still sore from wearing those silks and flimsy boots.As such, most jockey's are not at their best form two days in a row.
TomN More than 1 year ago
my take do you have some data to back your somewhat "broad brush" remarks?
MYTAKE8 More than 1 year ago
Castellano should have refused the mount as the trainer did not have the mount ready for the race.The horse weakened the last time when entered in the same class.That is an indication that the horse may have hidden problems that have not been addressed. What happened to John Velazques and how is he doing? The only report I saw was that his ankle was sprained and not broken.Could his injury have been caused by the same problem? Was the track doctor drunk when he examined the horse?
John Lane III More than 1 year ago
John v had a spleen removed and is finishing riding for the year
liljock More than 1 year ago
All the best to Javier. Sorry to hear about his misfortune in the nightcap yesterday.
Linda Steer More than 1 year ago
Didn't take long for Aqueduct to have their first spill. I have boycotted Aqueduct for the past 2 years and will continue do so until they fix their track. Too many horse fatalities and injuries. Last Jan. two horses died in one day and Ramon Dominguez had to end his career.
wolves More than 1 year ago
First of all, this race was run on the turf. Secondly, Ramon fell when his horse clipped heels. Neither incident was track related. I'm all for safety first, but I'm also for keeping facts straight.
Meleen Drewery More than 1 year ago
Will More than 1 year ago
If you are willing to assume that the track is the problem, you should probably save your money. These horses are typically poorly bred claimers. Did you happen to notice that the good horses are in the south and west for the winter? You boycotted Aqueduct because you read in the newspaper that horses break down there. Don't talk if you don't know what you are saying!
John Moore More than 1 year ago
Speedy recovery for Mr. Castellano. Way to show em last weekend.. Agree with earlier post. Its been a tough year on the NYRA jockeys.
Mark More than 1 year ago
Get well Javier.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
The last guy who posted need some intention. This person lacks Class, makes up all type of "excuses when he loses. Comes off like a degenerate
Mark More than 1 year ago
Doug, how exactly does racing need jockeys like Velazquez or Castellano? They are almost always on short priced horses and betting on favorites is not the way to go if you want any chance to win betting. They are skilled riders, no doubt, but are POISON to bettors who are trying to beat the game. The same goes for Rafael Bejarano (SO CAL) and Russell Baze (NO CAL).. Since most serious horse players don't bet on heavy favorites the above mentioned 4 jockeys are not good for the game and racing sure doesn't need them.
B More than 1 year ago
What a terrible post and while that's not uncommon with you, this one is really unbelievable. I wonder if you say some of the things you do just to create a stir. In any event, why don't you just go play black jack or something being the gambler that you are and the sportsman that you aren't and get away from racing. It is you who is not good for the game.
MD23 More than 1 year ago
Looking at this from a gambling perspective is just wrong.
JOHN More than 1 year ago
"POISON to bettors who are trying to beat the game." - On the contrary, if you know how to construct an exotic bet, these riders are the most useful.
Kendall Daniels More than 1 year ago
Excellent point. For example, Castellano is winning about 38% of his races at The Big A this year, meaning he loses 62%. Even if you don't play multi race wagers, where high percentage trainers or jockeys are very valuable, that means he's going to lose most of his races so there are ways to make money.
Keith Valentine More than 1 year ago
Ditto for RBaze at GGate Fields...
Carlos Santos More than 1 year ago
your a fool. you just need to learn how to catch them prizes. last year at aqueduct castellano won on the turf 1 3/8 race wire to wire at 48/1 on a horse that was claimed off clement. the horse was claimed and stepped up to n2x. castellano does magic.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
I as an owner had no problem when a top jock took the mount on my horse.that meant they had a good shot in the race.they earned that respect with trainers.javier earned that .in your world we would just draw jockeys names out of hats like post positions.i have the utmost respect for these men in a dangerous occupation.i like many fans have seen the price bad spills take on tem and their families.get well soon javier .
Patricia Doyle More than 1 year ago
Why blame the jockeys it is us bettors who bet their horses down? They also get the best horses to ride. So, why blame these jocks for being talented. Too bad their are so many plodder horses and mediocre jocks.- One wonders what Aqueduct's winter inner track meet will look like. Dominguez, Velasquez, and now Javier. Could mount up to be a bad meet. If we loose the star jocks we will probably loose some of the better horses. Hopefully Jamie Rodriquez from Finger Lakes will come down as well as Simon Husbands. They are excellent riders. Finger Lakes actually has some very good jocks there.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
So, Mark, you want to punish a Rider for success? How about a trainer like your boy, Pletcher... Punish him too?
James Eccles More than 1 year ago
We're talking about human beings here. Who gives a damn about what their presence does to the odds of a race? I assume this post was a joke, although surely not a funny one.
Will More than 1 year ago
Thank you for betting. It's because of you that the rest of us make money and get a laugh from reading you senseless opinions. I will admit that I learned today that jockeys now make the odds. CLOWN!
Perl More than 1 year ago
Wow Mark, even by your lofty standards, this one really takes the cake.
mikeh More than 1 year ago
Ria Antonia. $66.60. Sure is nice to have the leading jockey in the nation on a live 30-1 shot.
Jd Staton More than 1 year ago
its been a ruff year for the nyra jock colony