Javier Castellano's true victory came after finally winning the Derby on his 16th attempt.
Just one verse each day.
When Javier Castellano won the Kentucky Derby, before he got down from the saddle, the first person he gave thanks to was Jesus Christ.
In a post-race interview straight after his win, the new champion shared:
“First of all, Lord Jesus Christ for giving me the opportunity to win the Derby – the dream trip for any jockey, trainer, any horses in the industry of racing.”
He went on to explain how he got to be champion: “‘I never give up, I always try hard, do the right thing. It took me a little while to get there but finally I got it. I’ve been blessed.”
And it’s certain that the Venezuelan jockey has never given up! Castellano rode to victory astride his horse Mage on his 16th attempt at winning the prestigious Triple Crown race.