John Panagot

John Panagot

John Panagot is a jockey agent and racing manager. He has represented Graham Motion, Animal Kingdom, Robert Lapenta, as well as Javier Castellano.

On Thursday, Hall of Fame jockey Javier Castellano tested positive for COVID-19 according to his agent John Panagot. While required to undergo a physical at Gulfstream Park in order to continue riding, Castellano has since been “asymptomatic” and feels fine, Panagot revealed.

Professional Career

Panagot, a New York-based agent, has represented many renowned jockeys, including Hall of Famer Javier Castellano. Additionally, he represents top North American rider Florent Geroux who has amassed nearly $140 million in purse earnings throughout his career. Additionally, Panagot serves as racing manager for noted owner Robert LaPenta and has provided Geroux with mounts on Mandaloun, Horse of the Year Gun Runner, Work All Week and many more Grade 1 winners throughout his tenure with them.

In March, Castellano changed his agent from Doug Bredar to Panagot. This change should allow him to focus more on riding high-quality horses rather than collecting mounts on lesser horses with less value.

Achievements and Honors

John Panagot is an esteemed racing agent who has managed the careers of some of North America’s greatest racehorses. He’s partnered with Florent Geroux, who has won 43 Grade 1 races during his career; Manny Franco who has won over 20 races; plus Far Right – a 50-1 shot to win the Kentucky Derby.

He has also been the jockey for some of racing’s most memorable races. In 2014, his ride on Work All Week earned six Breeders Cup races and a Kentucky Derby victory; Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds followed, with his most renowned ride being Tapwrit’s triumph at the Belmont.

Personal Life

He enjoys reading books and spending time with family. Additionally, he takes pleasure in playing golf and other sports.

John Panagot has been employed by Graham Motion since 2009 and specializes in sorting through condition books, deciphering past performances and creating speed figures for him and his clients. Raised in Oyster Bay, New York, John has an eye for detail when it comes to running a successful business.

Florent Geroux, one of North America’s top riders, will change agents from Doug Bredar to New York-based John Panagot after the Breeders Cup at Keeneland on November 4-5. This marks the conclusion of 13 years of collaboration between them that saw Geroux rise from relative obscurity at Hawthorne Race Course to become a prominent jockey throughout Illinois and Kentucky as well as nationally.

Net Worth

John Panagot has an estimated net worth of $1 million and represents several high-profile riders, such as Florent Geroux who will switch agents from Doug Bredar to Panagot after the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 4-5 at Keeneland. A seven-time Breeders’ Cup victor, Geroux rides Horse of the Year Gun Runner and Monomoy Girl regularly; in 2021 he also won the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve aboard Mandaloun after Medina Spirit was disqualified due to a medication violation.

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