Jockey Castellano ends Derby drought with Mage on 16th try

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano finally won the Kentucky Derby aboard Mage.

It took navigating traffic through the final turn before he broke clear and chased down Two Phil’s to win by a length. The Venezuelan rider entered the Hall of Fame in 2017 after guiding Cloud Computing to a Preakness win but lacked a win in horse racing’s premier event.  “I feel like I’m on top of the world,” said Castellano, a 45-year-old Venezuelan rider who had Preakness wins with Bernardini in 2006 and Cloud Computing in 2017. He entered the Hall of Fame that same year.

Mage paid $32.42 at 15-1 odds and gave Castellano a signature win.

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