Iván Rodríguez Gelfenstein congratulates the Venezuelan team for their great victory in the Kentucky Derby

Venezuelans Javier Castellano and Gustavo Delgado are the new jockey and coach, Kentucky Derby champions


Venezuelan jockey Javier Castellano competed in the 149th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6 with the horse Mage. Castilian is led by the other Venezuelan, Gustavo Delgado, and also added the second victory of his country in the last two years, since in 2022 his compatriot Sonny León won the Kentucky Derby with the horse Rich Strike.

"When I came to the United States, my first dream was: I want to win the Derby. from Kentucky, I want to win the Kentucky Derby. I have participated twice without Lucky, but this time he was sure he would win. " Delgado said. He told her minutes after his horse became the winner.

Mage was not the favorite to win this outstanding horse race in 2023 (15-1 against). However, he ended up winning against Dos Phil's (2nd) and Angel of Empire (3rd).

Castellano's victory capped a highly contentious week of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, where seven horses have died in this important event on the equestrian calendar. It is the second time in history that a team of Venezuelans has won the Kentucky Derby. The first was in 1971 with rider Gustavo Avila and his trainer Juan Arias.

The jockey is from Maracaibo, Zulia state, and is 45 years old. His career began in horse racing in 1996 and most of his career was in our United States. Castellano was among the top 10 riders with Most annual wins since 2010.

His titles include Breeders' Cup Classic (2004) and Preakness Stakes (2006) and 2017). In its earliest form, it was honored with the Eclipse Award in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Castellano became a member of the Hall of the Fame of the National Museum of Horse Racing in the United States.

Two years in a row of Venezuelan victories in 2022, Venezuela's Sonny León surprises the Kentucky Derby champions in first place. The horse winner, Rich Strike, was barely included in the pre-Derby race of the Friday after Ethereal Road sold out, and posted an 80-1 record at Paris, far behind Epicenter favorites (4-1) Taiba (5-1) and Messier. . (6-1)

The coach, Gustavo Delgado, turns 66 on May 15. We will be celebrating with the hope that your horse will be ready for the Preakness Stakes (G1), the second crown that will be run on Saturday 20 of this year. month on Pimlico Track, one mile three sixteen. (1900 meters).

Among his records in Venezuela and the Caribbean, he won the Triple Crown of Venezuela twice with Taconeo and Water Jet, the Caribbean Classic in three times. occasions with Gran Abuelo, Bambera and Water Jet. Curiosity, winner of the Derby Juan Arias, double crown with Cañonero in 1971 served as coach assistant and advisor to Delgado during his La Rinconada campaign in the first decade of this XXI century.

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