Jockey: Javier Castellano
Javier Castellano was born in Venezuela on October 23, 1977. He began riding racehorses in Venezuela in 1996, and in 1997 moved to the United States to ride on the southern Florida Circuit. In 2001, he moved to New York to ride as the track in NY.Javier got a huge push in his career when he became the rider on Ghostzapper in 2004. That opened many doors for him and allowed him to win major Grade 1 Stakes. He also was aboard Bernadini for Darley Racing. Javier also won aboard Afleet Alex in the Traver's Stakes.
Other notable stakes wins include, Beldame Stakes, Clark Handicap, Secretariat Stakes, Vosburgh Stakes, Breeder's Cup Classic, Woodward Stakes, Dubai Gold Shaheen, Wood Memorial Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Preakness Stakes, Traver's Stakes and many, many more. He is still actively riding.
Trainer: Robert J. Frankel
Robert J Frankel was an American thoroughbred race horse trainer, and by some considered to be the best of his time. In 1995, he was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame and won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer five times. Frankel also set a single season world record for the most Grade 1 wins in 2003 with 25!
Notable horses that Frankel trained are, Squirtle Squirt, Bertrando, Empire Maker, Peace Rules, Milwaukee Brew, Starine, Beat Hollow, Medaglia d'Oro, Sightseek, Ghostzapper, Leroidesanimaux, Ginger Punch and Stardom Bound
Frankel even has a racehorse named after him! The winner of the 2011 British 2,000 Guineas, Frankel, is named for Robert Frankel and owned by one of his patrons, Prince Khalid Abdullah.
Robert Frankel died on November 16, 2009. His daughter Bethenny Frankel is a reality TV star.
Owner: Frank Stronach
Frank Stronach is the founder of Magna International which is an automotive parts company, as well as owner of Magna Entertainment Corp which specializes in horse racing entertainment. Stronach has an estimated worth of $1.7 billion and was ranked as the 21st wealthiest Canadian.
Some notable horses that Stronach has owned include, Glorious Song, Ghostzapper, Ginger Punch, Perfect Sting, Macho Uno, Red Bullet, Golden Missile, Awesome Again, Touch Gold and Primal Force.
Stronach has won many notable races including Queen's Plate Stakes, Belmont Stakes, Preakness Stakes and Breeder's Cup Classic.
Racing awards include:
- Sovereign Award for Outstanding Breeder (1997, 1998, 1999)
- Sovereign Award for Outstanding Owner (1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2005)
- Eclipse Award for Outstanding Breeder (2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- Eclipse Award for Outstanding Owner (1998, 1999, 2000, 2008)
Stronach owns and operates many thoroughbred racing ventures around the world.
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