08/31/2016 2:16PM

Lakow new agent for Javier Castellano

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Mike Lakow was back on the grounds at the New York Racing Association on Wednesday, only this time when he visited trainers, it was not to allot them stalls but rather to ask for mounts.

Lakow, who served as racing secretary at NYRA from 1993-2005, has been retained by three-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey Javier Castellano to be his agent starting with the Belmont fall meet, which begins Sept. 9.

Castellano recently announced his split from agent Matt Muzikar after a seven-year relationship.

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Lakow has worked in many positions in the industry, but this will be the first time he’s served as a jockey agent.

“I’m incredibly fortunate,” Lakow said Wednesday on the Saratoga backstretch. “Javier’s a world-class rider; he’s a terrific person. I know the family, they’re great. Me and my wife [Tracy] are comfortable being part of the team.”

Lakow has worked on the backstretch, in the stewards’ stands in Florida and Dubai, as a racing official, and even as general manager for Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm in Kentucky. In 2014, he was hired as racing director at Santa Anita, his most recent job.

When he gets to Belmont, he will be on the opposite side of the counter than he used to be when he was racing secretary.

“It’s a tough side to be on,” Lakow said. “I get along with all the guys. I hope they remember that.”

Victor Zavala More than 1 year ago
Lezcano , Saenz , good rider , although they do not have better ride the best horse trainer !!

Eleanor Sniegowski More than 1 year ago
i like the fact that the Ortiz boys will not be intimidated by Javiers come over and crowd you riding style and exchange bumps with the bully!
Chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Can Lakow stand the pace?
Guy More than 1 year ago
JJ is still tops in North America !
Frank More than 1 year ago
Javier - by far the best jockey in North America - 
william More than 1 year ago
Johnny, Rosario, Lezcano are all first class...JJ and the Ortiz boys should be riding at ChuckTown or Mountaineer.  
Michael Zeisler More than 1 year ago
Are you actually aware of what you are saying or are you just trying to be funny
Frank More than 1 year ago
Rosario is all muscle no brains -- he is no top jock.  
Francisco Goldilla More than 1 year ago
what is your beef about the Ortiz,brothers? are you one of the fans who  hate ricans jickeys? get of your horse and admots that the Ortiz brother's are 2 of the best jockeys in the game today.
Sherman Rivera-Sotomayor More than 1 year ago
uhmm, ok you know, youre the best
David More than 1 year ago
Totally agreed and less mounts. But Ortiz's are taking over NY racing and Pletcher is still using Johnny V as first call jockey.
MollyJulia624 More than 1 year ago
Javier Castellano Was Getting On The Worst Horses?