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Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano rides 5,000th winner

2017 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar - Day 1

DEL MAR, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Jockey Javier Castellano (#11) reacts after riding Rushing Fall to a win in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turfon day one of the 2017 Breeder’s Cup World Championship at Del Mar Race Track on November 3, 2017 in Del Mar, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK -- Javier Castellano won consecutive races to give the Hall of Fame jockey his 5,000th career victory in North America.

The 41-year-old rider won the $200,000 Mohawk aboard Offering Plan in the third race at Belmont Park on Saturday and followed up in the next race aboard Runaway Lute in the $150,000 Hudson to reach the milestone.

Castellano is the 34th jockey in North American history to reach 5,000 wins.

He began his career in his native Venezuela in 1996 before moving to the U.S. a year later and riding his first winner at Calder in Florida.

Castellano is a four-time Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s top jockey. He won the Preakness in 2006 and 2016 and has notched eight Breeders’ Cup victories.