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Prado a Frequent Visitor to Gulfstream Winner's Circle Again
By Ed Gray
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Edgar Prado has been making the most of his opportunities during the 2011-2012 meeting at Gulfstream Park, having already visited the winner’s circle on five more occasions than he did during the entire 2011 meeting.
The Hall of Fame jockey, who has ridden the winner’s of 6,523 races and $237 million in purses, had somehow experienced a startling slow-down in business the past few years, particularly last year at Gulfstream when he rode only 14 winners for the entire stand. With more than two months remaining this year, Prado has ridden 18 winners from 108 mounts (the fewest of any rider in the Top 10).
Prado, who won Gulfstream titles in 2002 and 2005, persevered through the slow times and has steadily built back his business with an assist from a longtime client.
“When you’re not doing well, you need someone to give you a chance to show that you can still win races. At Belmont last year, Donald Adam gave me that chance and put me on his horses. He’s the one who helped me get started again,” said Prado of the owner of Courtlandt Farms. “I got to ride a lot of nice horses for him and win some races.”
The 44-year-old native of Lima Peru, who rode Barbaro for a victory in the 2006 Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby, finished off the 2011 campaign with success at Keeneland and Churchill Downs before returning to Gulfstream in December.
“It feels a lot better when you’re winning races,” said Prado, who rode the first three winners on a Gulfstream card last week.