About Eddie Castro
Eddie Castro was born April 10, 1984, in Los Santos, Panama, and currently lives in Pembroke Pines, Florida. He is still single and as of October 8, 2006, ranked #16 in the US with earnings of $6,451,158. As of that same date, he had 147 wins from 1,024 mounts in 2006 and on November 15, 2006, broke the personal milestone of 1000 career wins aboard Jermidy at Churchill Downs.
Castro grew up on a produce farm in Panama where he rode saddle horses. He got interesting in racing by watching fellow countrymen such as Cornelio Velasquez and entered the Panama racing school at age 15. He won his first race on December 6, 2002 and rode 36 winners in Panama before coming to the United States in April of 2003. He made his US debut on April 16, 2003, aboard Storm Prospect at Gulfstream Park, and despite his late start that year was named the Eclipse Award winning apprentice jockey for 2003.
His First Breeders’ Cup Winner:
His win aboard Miesque’s Approval in the 2006 NetJets Breeders’ Cup Mile made him the youngest jockey to ever win a Breeders’ Cup race, but he only got to keep that record for a couple of hours before 18-year-old Fernando Jara won the Classic aboard Invasor to set the new mark.
First Grade 1 Winner:
He captured his first career Grade 1 race when Pampered Princess won the 2005 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland. Other top horses ridden by Castro in his brief career have included BB Best, Cellars Shiraz, Hide and Chic, High Fly, Stay Forever and Super Frolic.
Other Top Horses:
Miesque’s Approval has been Castro’s best mount so far, giving him wins this year in the Maker’s Mark Mile (G2), Firecracker Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G2), Red Bank Handicap (G3), and Sunshine Millions Turf. His other top horses this year include Prospective Saint (G3 Gardenia Handicap), Our Fantene (Sorority), Revved Up (Bob Harding), Splendid Blended (Steve Van Buren Handicap), Presious Passion (Jersey Derby), Carnera (A in Sociology), and Pickapocket (World Appeal.)
Despite his young age, Castro has already set some records. On June 4, 2005, he set a national record with nine wins on a single race card at Calder Race Course. He won his first riding title during the Tropical Park meet at Calder in 2003 then won both the summer and Tropical titles in 2004. He won 218 races at Calder in 2005 which broke a 26-year-old record set by Walter Guerra by 25 wins, and went on to win 329 races for the year finish #3 in the US.
Eddie Castro is definitely a up and coming young rider who should be one of the best for a long time to come.
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