Arcangelo won the Belmont Stakes 2023 on Saturday. The horse is trained by Jena Antonucci and ridden by jockey Javier Castellano.

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With this victory, Jena Antonucci became the first female trainer to win a Triple Crown race at a historic event for the sport. Arcangelo, her magnificent horse, won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, capping up a dramatic and hard Triple Crown season.

Who is Jena Antonucci?

As per her website, Jena Antonucci, who hails from South Florida, is a passionate and experienced trainer who runs a small stable. Her profession depends solely on the development of these amazing creatures since she has a profound enthusiasm and inherent understanding of training racehorses.

Antonucci received her public training license in 2010 and wasted no time in making her mark. On March 7, 2010, she won her first race at Tampa Bay Downs, establishing the groundwork for her later success. She has consistently built on those accomplishments over the last decade, allowing her to enter the extremely competitive world of New York Racing.

Antonucci was the trainer of Arcangelo, who won the Belmont Stakes.

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Who is Javier Castellano?

Javier Castellano is a very skilled jockey in American Thoroughbred horse racing. He was born on October 23, 1977, in Maracaibo, Zulia State, Venezuela. He began riding in 1996, demonstrating his abilities at the Santa Rita and La Rinconada racetracks in Venezuela. Castellano eventually went to the prestigious New York State racing circuit in 2001, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with.

Castellano had a breakthrough in 2004 when he rode Frank Stronach’s horse Ghostzapper to victory in the famous Breeders’ Cup Classic. This incredible achievement earned him the prestigious 2004 Eclipse Award for Horse of the Year, establishing him as a top-tier jockey.

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However, the memorable victory for Arcangelo on the 50th anniversary of the Secretariat’s spectacular victory at Belmont Park for the owner Penny Chenery.