Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Birthplace: Los Santos, Panama
Residence: Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Jockey Eddie Castro became the youngest rider to win a Breeders’ Cup race when he captured his debut with Miesque’s Approval in the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Mile at age 19. The record fell just a few races later when 18-year-old Fernando Jara won the Breeders’ Cup Classic aboard Invasor.
Castro grew up on a produce farm in Panama riding saddle horses. After attending jockey school in his native country, he rode 36 winners before moving to the United States in 2003. He had his first U.S. mount on April 16 at Gulfstream Park, and finished the year with the Eclipse Award as outstanding apprentice jockey.
Castro set a national record for wins on a single card in 2005 when he won an astounding nine races at Calder Race Course. He also won the title at Calder that season with 218 victories, breaking Walter Guerra’s 26-year standard of 193 wins. He scored the 2,000th win of his career on May 5 at Belmont Park, taking the Grade 3 Beaugay Stakes with Winter Memories.