The 28-year-old Eddie Castro, an Eclipse Award for Outstanding Apprentice Jockey (2003) and a Breeders’ Cup (in an initial attempt) has made a mark in first season at Arlington
A winner of over 2,000 races in a short career, the Panama-born Castro was thrust into the national racing spotlight when he won the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Mile on Miesque’s Approval over a world-class field that included Eclipse Award finalist Aragorn, Beverly D. Stakes-winning Gorella and European classic winner Araafa. In the previous year, he set a record for an unworldly nine wins in one day at Calder Race Course.
Since, Castro has consistently been a go-to jockey for trainers such as Graham Motion, Bill Mott and Jimmy Toner and earned a reputation as a reliable stakes jockey – especially on turf. After many seasons in the often cutthroat New York and New Jersey jockey colonies, Castro decided to shift his tack to the jewel of Midwestern racing – Arlington International Racecourse.