After Winning Kentucky Derby, Jockey Javier Castellano Gives All the Glory to Lord Jesus Christ
After winning the Kentucky Derby, jockey Javier Castellano gives all glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.
USA Today writes:
With one hand holding a Venezuelan flag, Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano planted a kiss upon the Kentucky Derby trophy. Over his shoulder, one of Mage‘s connections shouted, “Sweet 16!”
Eighteen years after finishing seventh in his Run for the Roses debut with Bellamy Road, Castellano rode Mage to victory in Derby 149 on Saturday at Churchill Downs, ending one of the longest droughts for a rider in race history. The 45-year-old from Maracaibo, Venezuela, who ranks second among North American jockeys in career earnings, was one of just four to make 15 or more Derby mounts without a trip to the Winner’s Circle.
That streak fittingly came to an end with a colt who is trained by a man from Castellano’s hometown, Gustavo Delgado, who also picked up his first Derby win in three tries. To make the victory even sweeter for the jockey, he and Mage left Post 8 with 15-1 odds.
After nearly two decades of racing, Jockey Castellano finally wins and gives all the glory to Jesus.