Castellano closing in on North American earnings record
McGaughey firster wins debut for Phipps Stable

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Two-time defending Gulfstream Park riding champion Javier Castellano won three races on Sunday’s card and inched closer to breaking Ramon Dominguez’s all-time North American single-season earnings record.


Castellano, 36, entered the day with 341 wins and $25,524,823 in purses earned this year, $110,029 shy of the $25,634,852 Dominguez banked in 2012. When racing resumes at Gulfstream on Friday, Castellano will need just $8,850 to establish a new mark.

In all, Castellano picked up $101,180 in purses on Sunday, leaving him at $25,626,003 with 344 victories, both tops among North American-based riders.

Castellano’s day began in the second race, when he finished fourth on Rogue Lady. He was a rallying second aboard Grade 1 winner Jackson Bend in Sunday’s feature, the $100,000 Sunshine State, beaten a half-length by Star Harbour.

From there, Castellano reeled off three consecutive victories, taking the fifth with Satisfaction ($13.40), the seventh with Celebrator ($5.40) and the eighth with Hierro ($7.60)

Castellano is next scheduled to ride on Friday at Gulfstream, where he is named in six of 10 races. For the meet, Castellano has seven wins from 18 mounts (39 percent).

Sharp debut: Phipps Stable homebred Satisfaction made a steady charge through the stretch and got up at the wire to win her unveiling in Sunday’s fifth race by a head.

Under jockey Javier Castellano, the 3-year-old daughter of Awesome Again rallied on the outside to catch pacesetter Frere Pilgrim after a mile in 1:37.35 over a firm turf course.

“I didn’t think she was going to get there. I didn’t even know she got there at the end until I saw the replay,” Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey said. “I just didn’t want to see her back up. If she’d have finished second and didn’t back up, that would have been fine.

A half-sister to Grade 1 winner Dancing Forever, Satisfaction ($13.40) had been working steadily at Payson Park for McGaughey, who plans to find an allowance race at the meet for her next start.

“I was looking forward to running her,” he said. “We just had some little things that we had to stop on her with, but she had trained good once we got her going good. I thought she ran a very good race today.”


Who’s Hot: Jockey Abdiel Jaen, who had nine wins from 131 mounts on the year entering the day, added two more on Sunday, with Major Score ($3.20) in the opener and Wild Conceits ($7.80) in the third.

Luis Saez also rode two winners, with Liberty Fuze ($5.80) in the sixth race and Urquia ($18) in the finale.

Trainer Todd Pletcher picked up his first two wins of the meet, in the seventh with Celebrator ($5.40) and the eighth with Hierro ($7.60), making his second career start on grass.

Super Hi 5 Carryover: $2,702.10
Rainbow 6 Carryover: $50,000