In 2011, Javier Castellano rode 11 grade one stakes winners. He ended the year fifth in victories with 278 and third in earnings with $15,675,977. In March 2012, Castellano broke the record at Florida's Gulfstream Park for most wins during a meet with his 98th win of the season.
In 2011, Venezuela native Ramon Dominguez capped off a stellar racing season with the Eclipse Award for the year's best jockey. Dominguez ended the year atop the North American earnings list, having claimed $20,264,822 in purse money. He also chalked up 348 wins for the year, a 24 percent win percentage and 60 percent in the money.
With his first Kentucky Derby mount, Mario Gutierrez rode I'll Have Another to the winner's circle as the horse became the first to take the Kentucky Derby from the 19th post position. Two weeks later, Gutierrez followed up his Derby win with a victory at the Preakness.
After riding Animal Kingdom to a 2011 Kentucky Derby victory, John Velazquez went on to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf atop Stephanie's Kitten and the Filly And Mare Turf on Perfect Shirl. His success continued in 2012, when he rode Union Rags to win the Belmont Stakes.