Castellano rides Bigman In Town in Trinidad Derby
TOP jockey Javier Castellano will be joined by Jamaica-born rider Ranjiv Maragh in Trinidad on Derby Day, September 24, at Santa Rosa Park, Arima.
Castellano, a Venezuelan, will partner owner Baskaran Bassawh’s Bigman In Town in the 2,000-metre Trinidad Derby Stakes, while Maragh will be aboard Prince Zeshan.
Castellano heads the 2013 jockeys standings numerically in the United States with 246 wins from 1,141 rides.
Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela on October 23, 1977, Castellano began his career in his native land in 1996 and moved to the USA the following year, where he rode in Florida until 2001. He then moved to the New York circuit.
From 20,506 mounts, he has won 3,518 races, finished second 3,296 times, and third on 3,019 occasions, with earnings of US$180,242,400, averaging US$8,790 per start.
In 2004, Castellano got his big break when he was aboard owner Frank Stronach’s colt Ghostzapper, on whom he won several major races, including the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
He also rode Bernadini to victory in the Preakness Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup in 2006.
Castellano lives with his wife Abby and two daughters and a son in Garden City, New York.
Maragh was born on July 9, 1985 in Jamaica.
Maragh, who is of Indo-Jamaican parentage and whose father was also a jockey, rode his first winner at Tampa Bay Downs in the USA on February 1, 2004.
He got his big break in 2008 when finishing 14th in the national earnings list and his reputation grew when he went to compete on the New York Racing Association tracks.
In 2011, he rode Mucho Macho Man in the Kentucky Derby and finished third, and rode his first Breeders’ Cup winner, Caleb’s Posse, the same year.