Jockey Castellano tested positive for coronovirus but Gulfstream can continue to race
- March 26, 2020
- By Staff Writers
FROM THE Thoroughbred Daily News
By Bill Finley
Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports his agent, John Panagot. Castellano is the first North American-based jockey known to have come down with the illness.
Castellano had been riding at Gulfstream, but Bill Badgett, the executive director of Florida racing operations for The Stronach Group, said that racing will continue at the South Florida racetrack. He said that Castellano has not ridden at Gulfstream since Mar. 15 and was tested on Sunday when he returned to Florida from New York.
“We put protocols in place where no jockey who had been out of town could ride here until they took a physical,” Badgett said. “The physical is where they discovered he had the virus, otherwise he still wouldn’t know that he was positive. The safety of the jockey and everyone else here is our main priority and it’s more important than racing.