Castellano leaves on stretcher, but returns

Castellano leaves on stretcher, but returns

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Jockey Javier Castellano, aboard Bernardini, on the track before the 131st Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday, May 20th, 2006. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 4, 2012 at 6:52 PM

 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Jockey Javier Castellano left on a stretcher after a spill Friday in a race just before he was scheduled to ride Grace Hall in the Kentucky Oaks, then returned in time to mount the race favorite.
   Castellano, who appeared to have an abrasion on his cheek, left the ambulance and walked unaided into the jockey's room following the spill in the 10th race, the American Turf.
   Castellano was riding Star Channel, who pulled up clean in the aftermath of Castellano's fall. He got up before being put on a stretcher and appeared to smile as he was loaded into an ambulance.
   Castellano also is scheduled to ride Gemologist on Saturday in the Kentucky Derby.

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