Hall of Fame Jockey Javier Castellano Tests Positive for COVID-19

Ruben Hill
March 28, 2020

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano says he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks.

Castellano, who had not ridden since March 15, was required to undergo a physical earlier this week by Gulfstream Park officials when he returned to South Florida from NY. At Gulfstream Park, we have been operating in full compliance with all executive orders issued by the state of Florida and have, in fact, initiated stringent measures for the protection of all of our essential personnel, including our jockeys. However, he took off all mounts and it was later found that he is now suffering from the viral attack that has swept the world and is considered to be one of the worst pandemics in history.

Castellano says he and his family were in NY last week. He hasn't ridden since then. "If it weren't for Gulfstream Park requiring Castellano to get a physical he probably would never have been tested at all".

Panagot's tweet, which has since been deleted, indicates the rider is asymptomatic and feeling fine. Panagot said that while Castellano "jogged three miles Wednesday and was looking forward to the weekend, he will self-isolate until medically cleared".

Castellano last rode in the afternoon on March 15, according to Equibase, his longest gap between mounts so far this year.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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