Javier Castellano, who confessed that he currently feels very good from the arthroscopic surgery that was performed to clean up some debris near the hip, affirmed: “I want to go back to 100 percent. He could have been back two or three weeks earlier, but there's no use in rushing. When I made the decision to do this, I wanted to do it 100 percent right, ”he said.
It could reappear at the beginning or the middle of February this year, according to the Zulian jockey himself told Paulick Report @paulickreport.
The winner of 4 consecutive Eclipse Awards and a member of the US Horse Racing Hall of Fame, indicated that he plans to begin riding in the second week of February in Gulfstream Park, Florida.
In that oval Javier won 5 consecutive titles as champion rider from 2011-2012 to 2015-2016. His announced return would coincide with 2 races of great importance, the Fountain of Youth stakes, for three-year-olds with 300.000 dollars in prizes and the Florida Derby with half a million. Both prizes are global to distribute. The first is scheduled for 27-02 and the second for a month later, 27-03.
Thinking in the future
Javier Castellano continues to think about his future and stated: “We are looking at the long term and we have to be patient, we are not rushing back. I made the decision because I wanted to take care of myself and be able to ride for another 10 years, God willing. I feel great and the surgery is to prevent the future ”he pointed out. He added: “I could have continued riding for 4, 5, 6 years and it wouldn't have bothered me, but the doctors said that at the end of my career I would have to have a big surgery like a hip replacement or something. I don't want to end my career that way "