Gulfstream Today 2.14.2013
The Lead: Edgar Prado experienced extremes in back-to-back races on Thursday’s card, both resulting in trips to the Gulfstream Park winner’s circle. The Hall of Fame jockey’s silks stayed spotless while guiding Gadget Girl ($7) to a front-running victory on turf in the fifth race before getting covered in mud while riding St. Moose ($16.60) to a last-to-first decision in the sixth.
“That’s all a part of the business,” said the 45-year-old veteran while wiping the mud off his face.
The two winners gave Prado 21 victories to place him seventh in the jockey’s standings with by far the fewest mounts in the Top 10. Despite experiencing a few slow seasons, Prado has persevered while working to increase his business.
“It’s picking up a lot. My customers are giving me a lot of opportunities. Everything’s going good. Everything’s falling in place,” said Prado after riding the 6,603rd winner of his career.
Prado rode the Todd Pletcher-trained Graydar in an impressive front-running victory in the $500,000 Donn Handicap (G1) at Gulfstream last Saturday.
“It was definitely very exciting. It was a long time since I won a Grade 1 race,” Prado said. “I was glad I rode for Todd. Graydar’s a very special horse. He seems to have more room to improve.”
Prado, who finished a close second on 14-1 longshot Pure Treasure on his only other mount in the third race, currently plans to go to New York following the Gulfstream meeting.
“We’ll play it by ear, but we’ll see how business picks up. If we get a nice 3-year-old, we can go to Kentucky,” he said. “If not, we can go with our plan and go to New York.”
Authenticity Impresses: In Thursday’s featured eighth race, Authenticity defeated a field of six fillies and mares by 17 ½ lengths under a confident ride by John Velazquez. The 1-5 favorite ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.60.
The 6-year-old mare had been away from the races for almost a year and a half when she finished third in her first start for trainer Todd Pletcher on Jan. 21.
“I think the (inside post) going a one-turn mile hurt us the other day. She didn’t jump away from the gate that well and kind of got jammed in behind horses the whole way,” Pletcher said. “She’s a two-turn filly.”
Pletcher said he’d likely look for a stakes race for Authenticity’s next start.
Who’s Hot: Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trainer Michael Maker and jockey Joel Rosario teamed to sweep the late double with Dimples ($4.80) in the ninth and Kissin Gentleman ($3.60) in the 10th.
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