The five-time Gulfstream Championship Meet titlist had one mount. He rode Sexy Dream to a fourth place finish in the ninth race. He is scheduled in two races on Gulfstream’s ten-race Wednesday card.
First Race — Cat Lady ($4.60), Fausto Gutierrez
A winner of 5,328 races and more than $354 million in purse earnings, Castellano had arthroscopic surgery to clean up some debris in his right leg, near the hip, Nov. 16 in New York. He went through physical therapy and returned to Florida earlier this month to start getting on horses.
Castellano is named on two horses Thursday – Todd Pletcher-trained Deemed Essential in Race 7, a maiden special weight on turf for 3-year-old fillies, and Graham Motion-trained All Come True in Race 10, a mile optional claiming allowance for older fillies and mares on turf.
Eight horses were entered on Wednesday for Saturday’s $100,000 Royal Delta (Grade 3) at 1 1/16 miles on dirt for fillies and mares 3-YO and up.
Eres Tu and Mrs. Danvers are the likely favorites.
Eres Tu, a 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon, won all three of her races last year for trainer Arnaud Delacour. She is coming off a win in the Allaire DuPont Stakes (Grade 3) at 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Laurel Park on Dec. 27.
The Royal Delta would be the first race for Mrs. Danvers since Nov. 26. On that day, the Shug McGaughey trainee won by 6 1/4 lengths in the Comely Stakes (Grade 3) at 1 1/8 miles on dirt at Aqueduct.
The Royal Delta is the only stakes scheduled for Gulfstream over the upcoming weekend.