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Jockey Castellano tests positive for the coronavirus

"Hazel Herrera" (2020-03-28)

Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano said Thursday that he tested positive for the coronavirus and will be in quarantine for two weeks.

Castellano, 42, slots games recently visited New York and officials at Gulfstream Park near Miami requested he be tested before being cleared to ride in Saturday's Florida Derby.

"After being in New York with my family last week, I was asked by Gulfstream to come early to Florida to get tested for the virus," Castellano said on Twitter. "I was asymptomatic all along. Unfortunately the test came back last night as positive. I am otherwise healthy but will follow the doctors... orders to quarantine for the next 2 weeks.

"I have had no known contact with anyone that has tested positive. I appreciate the support from everyone including Gulfstream Park. Stay safe everyone and we will all get through this God willing."

Castellano last raced at Gulfstream on March 15, according to published reports.

Castellano is a four-time Eclipse winner as Outstanding Jockey of the year. He also is a two-time winner of The Preakness Stakes, including riding Bernardini to the win in 2006 in a race best known for Barbaro suffering multiple fractures in a leg and eventually being euthanized.

Castellano was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall in Fame in 2017.

--Field Level Media