10/15/2012 6:05PM

Belmont: Castro expected back Wednesday

Barbara D. Livingston
Eddie Castro was taken off his Sunday mounts by stewards at Belmont.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Jockey Eddie Castro is expected to return to race-riding Wednesday at Belmont Park after being removed from all six of his mounts Sunday by the stewards for reasons that are still not totally clear.

Initially, a spokesman for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board said that Castro failed a Breathalyzer test. That would have meant that Castro would have had a blood alcohol level of at least .05 percent.

The board spokesman later reported, however, that Castro did not reach that level on his Breathalyzer test, but that he was taken off “at the discretion of the stewards.”

“They have that discretion that to decide that he should not ride,” said Lee Park, of the racing and wagering board.

Castro’s agent, Mike Gonzalez, said that his rider told him Saturday night that he was not feeling well. Gonzalez said he told Castro to take some medicine, and that it is quite possible he took a medication, such as NyQuil, that contains alcohol in it, which may have led to the higher-than-normal Breathalyzer reading, even if it wasn’t a violation.

Castro rode at Keeneland Thursday and Friday, winning the Franklin County Stakes aboard Madame Giry on Friday.

Jay Fullerton More than 1 year ago
When you are great doing the job and excels many times, you will have a great amount of butchers ready to cut your throat, just for the hell of hurting-Now, found inocent, who pays for the rides that were assigned and the wages lost  ??????
Did this HORRENDUOS decision affect the stewardes families or branded any of them, social life?
Now the whispering crowd wil indicate, finger point him - during his visits to commercial areas, THEIR GOES THE JOCKEY PULLED OFF HIS RIDES - We sure have a lot of sorry people to deal with, in this world
Billy More than 1 year ago
Good for the stewards, actually Eddie Castro did nothing wrong. He wasnt feeling well, took some medicine (nothing wrong at all with that). Anyone ever read the labels ? causes drowsiness, dont drive, dont opertae machint, etc. Good job by the stewards.
Tim Roberts More than 1 year ago
Eddie is great rider. His ride on Junior Officer this summer at Saratoga was the best ride I have ever seen. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
JoeyB More than 1 year ago
Once again the industry soils a reputation before all the facts are in.
myjockwon More than 1 year ago
don't always believe what you read from David Grening he likes to stir it up. Eddie Castro has never had any problems in the past if he says it was cold medicine then it probably was,i know him personally an he's an outstanding young man.as for Grening there he goes again writing negative things about horse racing.
DRFInsidePost More than 1 year ago
The article only reports the facts -- that Castro was taken off his mounts, and what the racing board said about why the stewards did this.
mikey J More than 1 year ago
Eddie Castro is one of the better young up and coming riders. His exploits at Calder were second to none. I wish him all the best in the racing business.
mikey J More than 1 year ago
Eddie Castro is one the best young jockeys I have seen. His riding exploits at Calder were second to none. I wish him nothing but the best and hope he is given quality mounts so he can show the racing world his true talents.
John Flynn More than 1 year ago
Castro is a Fine Young Man & Great Rider.